Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, speaks at a press conference in Beijing, capital of China, June 24, 2015. (CHEN YEHUA / XINHUA)
BEIJING - China firmly opposes US interference in China's internal affairs, a Chinese mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.
Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson with the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, made the remarks at a press conference in response to the fact that the US House of Representatives has passed the "Taiwan Assurance Act of 2019" in an attempt to normalize arms sales to Taiwan.
We reassert that the reliance of the Democratic Progressive Party administration on foreign forces won't work
Ma Xiaoguang, Spokesperson, State Council Taiwan Affairs Office
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Ma said the US should adhere to the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-US joint communiques and cease to undermine cross-StraitS peace and stability.
"We reassert that the reliance of the Democratic Progressive Party administration on foreign forces won't work," Ma said. "Any attempt that relies on foreigners to build itself up will pay a price for its own deeds."
Taiwan's future 'lies in national reunification'
The spokesperson said Taiwan's future lies in national reunification and the wellbeing of Taiwan compatriots lies in national rejuvenation.
Noting that the mainland and Taiwan both belong to one China, Ma said the 1992 Consensus has clearly defined the nature of cross-Straits relations, which are not state-to-state relations
Noting that the mainland and Taiwan both belong to one China, Ma said the 1992 Consensus has clearly defined the nature of cross-Straits relations, which are not state-to-state relations.
It is in the common interests of people of both sides to uphold the 1992 Consensus, to oppose "Taiwan independence," and to work for the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations and advance the process toward thepeaceful reunification of China, he said.
The two sides should work together to resolve differences based on the one-China principle and with an attitude responsible for the Chinese nation and future generations, he added.
Cross-Straits economic cooperation irresistible
Ma also said that support for Taiwan-funded enterprises to develop on the mainland remains consistent and explicit, and the trend of cross-Straits economic cooperation is irresistible.
No matter how the external environment changes, our attitude of supporting Taiwan-funded enterprises to develop on the mainland remains consistent and explicit
Ma Xiaoguang, Spokesperson, State Council Taiwan Affairs Office
Ma made the remarks in response to Taiwan financial authorities' recent claim that China-US trade tensions had affected the distribution of enterprises and lent Taiwan an opportunity to withdraw Taiwan investment on the mainland.
Some people from Taiwan have the intention of undermining economic relations across the Taiwan Straits amid China-US trade tensions, which is just their wishful thinking, said the spokesperson.
"Investment by enterprises follows the laws of economics, not politics," Ma said.
"No matter how the external environment changes, our attitude of supporting Taiwan-funded enterprises to develop on the mainland remains consistent and explicit," Ma said, adding that the mainland had adopted a slew of preferential policies for Taiwan and more relevant policies would be formulated to create a favorable business environment for Taiwan-funded enterprises.
The mainland authorities issued 31 preferential policies for Taiwan in February 2018, aiming to provide equal treatment to Taiwan compatriots coming to the mainland for living, study and work, including equal treatment in house purchasing and obtaining professional qualifications.
Mainland willing to consult with Taiwan parties
The Chinese mainland is willing to carry out consultations and dialogues in diversified forms and on a broad range of issues with parties, groups and personages from Taiwan, based on the political foundation of upholding the 1992 Consensus and opposing "Taiwan independence," Ma said.
On this basis, the mainland is also willing to solve differences and accumulate consensus, the spokesperson said.
The Chinese mainland is willing to carry out consultations and dialogues in diversified forms and on a broad range of issues with parties, groups and personages from Taiwan, based on the political foundation of upholding the 1992 Consensus and opposing "Taiwan independence," Ma said
Ma made the remarks in response to a question about the visit of a delegation of personages from Taiwan led by Hung Hsiu-chu, former chairperson of the Chinese Kuomintang party.
Hung attended a symposium on cross-Strait relations and national rejuvenation in Beijing Monday.
Participants at the symposium raised several joint proposals, including consolidating the political foundation of upholding the 1992 Consensus and opposing "Taiwan independence," as well as deepening the integrated development and enhancing grassroots exchanges across the Strait, according to Ma.
They also called for institutionalized economic cooperation between the two sides, Ma said.
DPP remarks on Taobao 'groundless'
In response to recent remarks made by the DPP in Taiwan regarding online shopping platform Taobao, Ma said the remarks were "specious, groundless and very irresponsible."
The DPP has recently claimed that the people of Taiwan have their personal data collected while shopping on Taobao, and their votes would be subsequently manipulated.
"Such remarks called white black," said Ma.
Currently, the DPP is not only tightening their control over Taiwan, dividing the society and oppressing those who support the development of cross-Strait relations, but also trying to shift the focus, scapegoat others and incite cross-Strait confrontation to add to hostility between the mainland and Taiwan, Ma said.
"Compatriots from either side of the Straits would not fall for the trick," he warned.
DPP denounced for obstructing cross-Straits media exchanges
Ma also criticized the DPP authority's attempts to obstruct and defame cross-Straits media exchanges, encouraging Taiwan media organizations aspiring to the development of cross-Straits relations to "walk tall."
Ma made the remarks in response to questions about the DPP authority's actions against Taiwan media representatives who attended the fourth Beijing Taiwan Media Forum held from May 9 to 12 in Beijing.
Noting that cross-Straits media exchanges have played important roles in promoting mutual understanding between the two sides, Ma said actions of the DPP authority and the separatist elements advocating "Taiwan independence" were out of fear that their schemes to sabotage cross-Straits relations would be exposed as compatriots across the Strait advance mutual understanding.
The DPP authority's actions against media that uphold justice, oppose "Taiwan independence" and advocate developing cross-Straits relations will be in vain, Ma said.
"Those media organizations should walk tall because good always triumphs over evil," he added.
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