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The Chinese mainland has returned all the letters and parcels postmarked so-called "Taiwan's entry into the United Nations" to Taiwan as long as they were discovered, said mainland spokeswoman.

Recently, the Taiwan authority has instigated the Taiwan's post company to stamp postmark of "Taiwans' entry into the U.N." on letters and parcels to preach "Taiwan independence".

"Taiwan authority preaching 'Taiwan independence' through post services has infringed on Taiwan compatriots' freedom of communication," said mainland spokeswoman Fan Liqing on Wednesday.

"This has seriously impaired the exchanges of letters between people on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait as well as Taiwan people's exchanges with other parts of the world," she said.

The mainland has discovered letters with such postmarks and returned them to Taiwan and the Taiwan authority must shoulder its due consequences, she said.

All efforts for peace across Taiwan Straits welcome

China's mainland welcomes all positive efforts to promote peace across the Taiwan Strait, Fan told at the press conference.

"Positive efforts by any people and any party in Taiwan for opposing 'Taiwan independence' and promoting peaceful development of cross-Straits ties are appreciated and encouraged," she said.

Peace and development should be the main themes for cross-Straits relations, the official stressed, in reply to a question on the recent advertisement published in Taiwan-based media by Robert Tsao, chairman of Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp.

The spokeswoman told the press conference that the mainland has always promoted bilateral financial exchange and cooperation.

To date, mainland authorities have given approval to two Taiwan-funded life insurance companies and one Taiwan-funded property insurance firm to operate on the mainland. Also, 14 Taiwan-based insurance companies have been allowed to open 17 offices on the mainland, the official said.

(Xinhua News Agency November 15, 2007)

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