Beijing, Dec. 6, (Xinhuanet) -- Taiwan leader Chen
Shui-bian's repeated proposal of staging a so-called "defensive referendum" is
an extremely dangerous provocation, the Xinhua News Agency said in a commentary
When Chen first came to power, he made a series of commitments including that he would "not promote a referendum
to change the status quo in regards to the question of independence or
unification," however, he has not acted in accordance with what he promised.
Now Chen is even pushing for a so-called "defensive
referendum" in the island's election next year using the excuse that Taiwan is
facing a "military threat" from the mainland, which further hampers the
development of cross-Straits relations, the commentary said.
Having given an incompetent performance in his
position, Chen is still addicted to power and tries to use every possible means
to provoke confusion among the people and create tensions across the Taiwan
The mainland has shown sincerity in promoting
relations during the past two decades and more, and non-government exchanges and
co-operation have seen remarkable progress, but the Taiwan authorities have
incessantly hindered the relationship.
Chen, in the interests of himself and his political
party, tries to impose the views of a small number of independence activists on
all Taiwan people even at the cost of putting everyone at risk. It is
irresponsible, ignominious and immoral of Chen, as a politician, to do so.
Chen and his authorities' attempts to challenge the
one-China principle are impossible and dangerous.
The people in the mainland see people in Taiwan as
their compatriots of the same flesh and blood, and they ardently hope to realize
the reunification of the Chinese nation through peaceful means.
But, if the Taiwan authorities and separatists
collaborate to seek independence, the Chinese Government and people will spare
no efforts to maintain the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of
China at any cost. Enditem