Mainland reiterates Taiwan stance, warns against independence activities

2024-03-29 Editor : Li Yan ECNS App Download

The Ministry of National Defense on Thursday reiterated its commitment to peaceful reunification with Taiwan but warned that "Taiwan independence" activities threaten that goal.

Senior Colonel Wu Qian, the ministry's spokesperson, made the remarks at a press conference in Beijing, responding to recent analysis regarding Taiwan. He emphasized that "peaceful reunification and 'one country, two systems'" remain China's core principles for resolving the Taiwan issue.

Wu's comments come after the omission of the term "peaceful reunification" in the part about the Taiwan question in the Government Work Report earlier this month. Some analysts interpreted this as a potential shift in China's approach.

The change in wording doesn't imply a scaling down of efforts towards Taiwan.

"We are willing to strive for peaceful reunification with the greatest sincerity and utmost efforts," he said. "But we will never allow Taiwan to be separated from the motherland."

He stressed the importance of the 1992 Consensus, which embodies the one China principle, as the foundation for peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

"Achieving the complete reunification of China is the right thing to do," Wu declared. "It represents the prevailing trend of the world and has the overwhelming support of the international community."

Wu also highlighted the People's Liberation Army's role in safeguarding national interests. "The PLA remains resolute and professional in fighting against 'Taiwan independence' forces and pursuing reunification," he said.

The spokesperson concluded by warning that the PLA will continue to strengthen military training and enhance combat readiness to "safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity with rock-like resolve and strong capability."

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