BEIJING, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government Wednesday voiced its
"firm opposition" to separatist moves by Taiwan authorities by abusing the
planned "referendum" as an excuse.
Zhang Mingqing, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State
Council, said the mainland respects the aspiration of the compatriots in Taiwan
to be masters of their own community, but Taiwan authorities are deliberately
using the "referendum" as a cover-up to challenge the one-China principle in a
bid to split the motherland.
Taiwan authorities have announced plans to launch a referendum during the
"general election" scheduled for next year on "parliamentary reform", Taiwan's
bid to join the World Health Organization (WHO), a nuclear plant and the
Speaking at a press conference, Zhang criticized Chen Shui-bianand Annette
Lu for preaching Taiwan independence.
On Oct. 25, the Democratic Progressive Party and some organizations for
"Taiwan independence" held a procession calling for a new "constitution" through
referendum, he said.
The spokesman said that "Chen Shui-bian is preaching separatismand is
trying to carry out separatist activities by taking advantage of the
All these activities show that recent reiteration of the promises by
leaders of Taiwan authorities, including that Taiwan will not hold a referendum
on sovereignty issues, is doublespeak, noted the spokesman.
"Taiwan independence activities directly impair the fundamentalinterests of
Taiwan compatriots, it is a scourge for Taiwan," he said. "Separatist activities
in any form will not be tolerated by all the Chinese people."
"Safeguarding China's sovereignty and territorial integrity hasa bearing on
the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation, and we will never waver on this
vital matter of principle," Zhang said.
On Chen Shui-bian's planned stopover in the Untied States, the spokesman
said Chen is going in for separatist activities overseasto infringe upon and
undermine the overall relations between Chinaand the United States.
Commenting on Taiwan's revision to its regulations on cross-straits
exchanges, Zhang said the mainland supports things that are favorable for the
economic development in Taiwan and cross-straits relations.
Under the revised regulations, Taiwan relaxes some of its restrictions on
personnel exchange, trade and investment between the mainland and Taiwan. "That
is not sufficient," said the spokesman.
The relaxation is far from what the Taiwan and mainland people want, and
Taiwan authorities are delaying direct shipping indefinitely, he said.
Taiwan authorities should follow the development trend of cross-straits
relations and the will of the people on both sides by giving up the independence
stance and the policies hindering the development of cross-straits relations,
and by removing all those unreasonable restrictions on the relations.
Taiwan should demonstrate its sincerity of promoting cross-straits
relations, not posturing or talking up improving the ties purely for political
and other purposes.
Addressing the press conference, Zhao Linshu, a mainland agricultural
scientist, said experts from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan will continue
cooperation in space seed breeding by conducting follow-up experiments on seeds
carried into space aboard the Shenzhou-5 manned spacecraft earlier this month.
She said 100 grams of crop seeds were aboard the spacecraft, which circled
Earth 14 times on a 21-hour mission on Oct. 15 and 16.
The seeds included 33 varieties, including flowers and vegetables, said
Zhao, an associate research fellow with the SpaceBreeding Center of the Chinese
Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
She said the project represented the first cooperation of agricultural
research institutions from both sides of the Taiwan Straits in space breeding,
and she hoped it would help both sides of the Taiwan Straits expand their
cooperation in agricultural sciences. Enditem