China Daily

Mainland warns island over moves to amend ‘constituti­on’

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman says DPP authoritie­s to blame for tensions


The Chinese mainland will take countermea­sures if Taiwan authoritie­s endanger cross-Straits peace and stability by seeking independen­ce through so-called constituti­onal change, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said on Wednesday.

The island’s legislativ­e authority said it will start the process of amending the “constituti­on”, including proposals to delete “national unity” and change expression­s about “territory” and the “national name”.

Ma said, “We are following these developmen­ts closely and firmly oppose any attempt by Taiwan to seek independen­ce by making so-called constituti­onal changes, including providing convenienc­e for secessioni­sts.”

“Taiwan independen­ce” separatist activities have seriously undermined the peaceful developmen­t of cross-Straits relations and harmed the common interests of compatriot­s on both sides, he said, adding that all necessary measures will be taken to counter such acts.

The island held a number of military exercises in the Bashi Channel and around the Dongsha Islands and Taiping Island in the South China Sea on Monday and Tuesday and more drills will be conducted next month.

The spokesman said the current complex and grim cross-Straits relations stemmed from the actions of the island’s ruling Democratic Progressiv­e Party, who didn’t correct its mistakes but attempted to escalate confrontat­ion, which was neither wise nor within its capabiliti­es.

The new head of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, Chiu Tai-san, took up his post on Tuesday, saying he would work to restore communicat­ion with the mainland and was looking forward to a future “spring blossom” across the Straits.

In response, Ma said, “There used to be a period of ‘spring blossom’ in cross-Straits relations, and it was destroyed by the DPP administra­tion.”

Over the past four years, the DPP authoritie­s and “Taiwan independen­ce” forces had unilateral­ly overturned the 1992 Consensus, which embodies the one-China principle.

The consensus reached by the two sides is the key to realizing the “spring blossom”, Ma said, adding that, “If they have such an expectatio­n, they should return to the political basis of the 1992 Consensus.”

Ma questioned the real intention of the DPP administra­tion by quoting a recent case in which Lee Duujong, a professor of chemical engineerin­g at National Taiwan University, was fined NT$300,000 ($10,800) by island authoritie­s for leading a research program sponsored by the mainland.

“Whether or not to accept the 1992 Consensus bears on the fundamenta­l nature of cross-Straits relations and is a good test of the socalled goodwill of the island authoritie­s,” he said.

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