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Anti-secession Law Not a 'War Mobilization Order'

The proposed anti-secession law, which will be deliberated by China's top legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), at its upcoming annual full session, is by no means a so-called "law on the use of force against Taiwan", nor a so-called "war mobilization order", a spokesman for the NPC session said in Beijing Friday.
"On the contrary, this is a law which will promote the development of cross-Straits relations and promote peaceful reunification," said Jiang Enzhu at a pre-session press conference held in the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing Friday morning.
The law will reaffirm the Chinese government's adherence to the basic principle of peaceful reunification and "one country, two systems" and its eight proposals regarding the development of cross-Straits relations and promotion of the motherland's peaceful reunification, said Jiang.
It will also clarify and consolidate, in the form of law, the Chinese government's policy stand on developing cross-Straits relations, promoting the direct links of trade, mail, and air and shipping services across the Straits, and protecting the legitimate rights and interests of the Taiwan compatriots, as well as on cross-Straits consultation and talks on the basis of the one-China principle, Jiang added.
"The law will manifest the common will of the entire Chinese people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as their zero tolerance toward any attempt by the 'Taiwan independence' secessionist forces to make Taiwan secede from China under any name and by any means," he said.
"It is a law for opposing and checking Taiwan's secession from China by secessionists in the name of 'Taiwan independence' and for maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits, and a law for safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity which is in the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation," he added.

(Xinhua News Agency March 4, 2005)

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