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Mainland official reiterates opposition against 'Taiwan independence' activities
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The Chinese mainland will firmly carry out the policies and guidelines on Taiwan affairs set up by the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence" activities, an official in charge of Taiwanese affairs said in Beijing Friday.


"The Chinese mainland will never allow anyone to make Taiwan secede from China in any name or by any means," said Zheng Lizhong, executive deputy director of the Taiwan Work Office of the CPC Central Committee.


He said the Chinese mainland would continue to promote the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations and peaceful reunification.


"We will sincerely rally the Taiwan compatriots to strive together for the prosperity of the Chinese nation," he said.


Zheng made the remarks when attending the meeting held by the Cross-Straits Relations Research Center on studying Chinese President Hu Jintao's report to the 17th CPC National Congress.


More than 50 researchers on cross-Straits relations attended the symposium.


Chinese Presidents Hu Jintao said in the report that the forces for "Taiwan independence" were stepping up their secessionist activities, seriously jeopardizing the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.


"The Chinese mainland side is ready to conduct exchanges, dialogue, consultations and negotiations with any political party in Taiwan on any issue as long as it recognizes that both sides of the Straits belong to one and the same China," he said.


He also proposed, on the basis of the one-China principle, to discuss with the Taiwan authorities on the formal ending to the state of hostility between the two sides, signing of a peace agreement and constructing a framework for peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.


"We will make every effort to achieve anything that serves the interests of our Taiwan compatriots, contributes to the maintenance of peace in the Taiwan Straits region and facilitates peaceful national reunification," he said.


(Xinhua News Agency October 27, 2007)

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