China warns US over Tai­wan ties

Shanghai Daily - - TOP NEWS - (Xin­hua)

A CHI­NESE main­land spokesman yes­ter­day ex­pressed firm op­po­si­tion against of­fi­cial con­tact be­tween the United States and Tai­wan “in any form.”

“The United States should ad­here to the one-China prin­ci­ple and the three joint com­mu­niques be­tween China and the United States so as not to un­der­mine bi­lat­eral ties and peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion,” said Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the State Coun­cil Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice.

Ma was com­ment­ing fol­low­ing re­ports of a US of­fi­cial at­tend­ing the ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony of the new of­fice com­plex of the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute in Tai­wan on Tues­day.

“Tai­wan’s Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party ad­min­is­tra­tion will only fur­ther dam­age cross-Strait re­la­tions by im­pli­cat­ing for­eign pow­ers,” Ma said. “The Tai­wan is­sue, which is vi­tal to China’s sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, re­mains the most im­por­tant and sen­si­tive is­sue in China-US re­la­tions.”

The Chi­nese main­land has the re­solve, con­fi­dence and the abil­ity to de­feat sep­a­ratist at­tempts for “Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence,” and de­fend the na­tional sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity.

“We will never al­low the his­tor­i­cal tragedy of na­tional di­vi­sion to re­peat it­self, and no­body should un­der­es­ti­mate our re­solve and strength,” said Ma.

When asked to com­ment on Tai­wan me­dia re­ports that US would sup­port the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party, Ma said that was a case of “wish­ful think­ing” and that it would be a ma­jor mis­cal­cu­la­tion on the in­ter­na­tional sit­u­a­tion that de­lib­er­ately mis­lead the Tai­wan pub­lic.

“Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence” forces are the largest threat for peace and sta­bil­ity across the Tai­wan Strait, and the great­est harm to the in­ter­ests of Tai­wan com­pa­tri­ots and the Chi­nese na­tion, the spokesman said.

Mean­while, the Chi­nese main­land will pro­vide around 600 in­tern­ships in var­i­ous in­dus­tries for young Tai­wanese in the com­ing months. “Many govern­ment of­fices and en­ter­prises across the coun­try have in­tro­duced their sum­mer in­tern­ship pro­grams for Tai­wanese youth,” Ma said.

He said that in Shang­hai and Fu­jian Prov­ince, lo­cal gov­ern­ments had each is­sued over 50 pref­er­en­tial poli­cies cov­er­ing sec­tors in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment, job se­cu­rity and med­i­cal ser­vices for Tai­wanese liv­ing in those re­gions.

“Tai­wanese need only to pass the law and reg­u­la­tion ex­ams to be se­cu­ri­ties, fu­tures or fund prac­ti­tion­ers if they had al­ready ob­tained qual­i­fi­ca­tions in Tai­wan,” said Ma.

Tai­wanese com­pa­nies will also en­joy pref­er­en­tial poli­cies in­clud­ing mar­ket ac­cess, fi­nan­cial ser­vices, fund sup­port and cus­toms clear­ance, he added.

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