Tai­wan urged to safe­guard is­lands

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By XIN­HUA

A Chi­nese main­land spokesman urged peo­ple across the Tai­wan Straits onWed­nes­day to safe­guard the Diaoyu Is­lands and the South China Sea is­lands as China’s an­ces­tral pos­ses­sions.

The main­land also hopes to main­tain the peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of re­la­tions across the Straits, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the State Coun­cil’s Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice, said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence when asked about re­marks by for­mer Tai­wan leader Ma Ying-jeou.

Ma Ying-jeou had said that the Diaoyu Is­lands in the East China Sea and is­lands in the South China Sea are China’s in­her­ent ter­ri­tory and that Ja­pan’s ter­ri­to­rial claim to the Diaoyu Is­lands amounts to an act of theft. He also said peace is highly im­por­tant to cross-Straits re­la­tions and will bring pros­per­ity.

Since 2008, the two sides have fol­lowed a path of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment based on the 1992 Con­sen­sus, which holds that the main­land and Tai­wan are parts of one China.

The­newTai­wan ad­min­is­tra­tion must make a clear re­sponse to the com­mon po­lit­i­cal foun­da­tion for the two­sides to con­tin­ueon­this path, MaXiaoguang added.

He also stressed the im­por­tance of the 1992 Con­sen­sus at Wednes­day’s news con­fer­ence.

The Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party has long pur­sued a se­ces­sion­ist po­si­tion of “Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence”, dam­ag­ing the po­lit­i­cal foun­da­tion for peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of crossS­traits re­la­tions and se­verely im­pact­ing the ties and the po­ten­tial for achieve­ments since 2008, Ma Xiaoguang said.

A del­e­ga­tion of county and city of­fi­cials from Tai­wan that came to Bei­jing ear­lier this month ex­pressed con­tin­ued ad­her­ence to the 1992 Con­sen­sus, he said.

The main­land re­sponded pos­i­tively to their visit by an­nounc­ing eight mea­sures to pro­mote ex­changes with the coun­ties and the city rep­re­sented by the del­e­ga­tion, he added.

The del­e­ga­tion in­cluded of­fi­cials from New Taipei City and the coun­ties of Hs­inchu, Hualien, Taitung, Kin­men, Lienchi­ang, Miaoli and Nan­tou.

Ma said the coun­ties and city are plan­ning a farm pro­duce and tourism pro­mo­tion fair on the main­land within the year. Ad­di­tion­ally, main­land com­pa­nies are plan­ning to visit each of the ar­eas to dis­cuss the pur­chase of their farm pro­duce.

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