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Chen Shui-bian's Attempt Dangerous Step: Top Advisor
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Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian's attempt to "cease the function" of "National Unification Council" and "cease the guidelines on unification" is a dangerous step for him to eat his early promise on cross-Straits relations, said Jia Qinglin, China's top advisor, on Tuesday.

When elected leader of the Taiwan authorities in May 2000, Chen made the promise of "five no's" on cross-Straits relations, which included the pledge of "never attempting to abolish the 'National Unification Council' and the 'National Unification Guidelines'".

"The scrapping of the unification council and guidelines is a dangerous step by Chen toward the overall breaking of his promise of 'five no's'," said Jia, chairman of CPPCC National Committee.

The "Taiwan Independence" forces can never shake the firm will and decision of the people of the whole China, including those from the island, to safeguard China's national sovereignty and territory integrity, he said.

"No one can reverse the historic trends of developing cross-Straits relations and peaceful reunification of the two sides," he said.

"We should continue to implement the mainland's principles and policies on Taiwan affairs under the new circumstance," he said.

The mainland will make the utmost efforts with the most sincerity to maintain and push forward the peaceful and stead development of cross-Strait relations, said a Tuesday statement jointly issued by the Taiwan Work Office of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.

According to Jia, the most important and urgent task on Taiwan work is to unswervingly oppose and stop the "de jure independence" activities, pushed by Chen through the so-called "constitutional reform".

The active implementation of the mainland's decisions on Taiwan work under the new situation in the past year had accomplished fruitful results, he said.

"The work has played an important role and reaped widespread effects in curbing 'Taiwan Independence' forces and prompting cross-Straits relations," he said.
(Xinhua News Agency March 1, 2006)

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