Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan said Monday that China will
promote the peaceful development of the cross-Straits relations,
and work for the prospect of peaceful reunification.
Cao, also vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission and
state councilor, made the remarks when addressing a reception in
the Great Hall of the People to mark the 79th anniversary of the
founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), which falls on
Cao said to safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial
integrity and realize the complete reunification of the country is
the core interest of China and the Chinese nation.
"We will resolutely implement the policies and principles of the
Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) with regard
to the settlement of the Taiwan question, continue to exert our
utmost with the greatest sincerity to promote the peaceful
development of the cross-Straits relations, and work for the
prospect of peaceful reunification," Cao said.
Meanwhile, Cao said the PLA is determined to fulfill the sacred
duty of safeguarding China's sovereignty, territorial integrity and
"We will never tolerate 'Taiwan Independence' and will never
allow the secessionist forces seeking 'Taiwan Independence' to make
Taiwan secede from the motherland by any means or under any
pretext," Cao stressed.
"Peace, development and cooperation are the general trend in the
world today, and the overall international environment remains one
of peace and stability," Cao said, noting that on the other hand,
uncertainty and instability affecting peace and development remain
a source of concern, and the human society is faced with new
Cao said the Chinese people love peace, wish to develop
themselves, value cooperation and crave harmony. China pursues an
independent foreign policy of peace and is committed to peaceful
development and the building of a harmonious world of durable peace
and common prosperity.
"The Chinese armed forces pursue a military strategy which is
defensive in nature and will strengthen exchanges, deepen
cooperation, safeguard peace and enhance security with armed forces
of other countries on the basis of mutual respect, equality and
mutual benefit," Cao said.
"The PLA will remain a staunch force in maintaining world peace,
promoting common development and building a harmonious world," said
Also attending the reception were leading officials of Party,
government and military departments, veterans, representatives of
military attaches of foreign embassies in Beijing.
(Xinhua News Agency August 1, 2006)