|Wang Zaixi, deputy director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the Chinese State Council, Tuesday answered questions during a press conference about China's newly-enacted Anti-Secession Law, on March 15, 2005.|
Tuesday assured that the passage of the Anti-Secession Law
does not mean the toughening of its attitude towards Taiwan
and it will not fuel tensions across the Straits.
Wang Zaixi, vice-minister of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, stressed that the law is meant to promote peaceful reunification rather than undermine bilateral relations.
"The Anti-Secession Law neither signals any drastic change in our major Taiwan policies nor does it mean our attitude towards Taiwan has toughened," he told a news conference.
"We will adhere to our long-standing and consistent principle of settling the Taiwan question through peaceful means. So long as there is a glimmer of hope, we will do our utmost."
The vice-minister added the law will "benefit stable development of bilateral ties rather than cause tension in cross-Straits situation."
His comments at the press conference organized by the State Information Office of the State Council came after the National People's Congress (NPC) passed the Anti-Secession Law in a near unanimous vote on Monday.
The NPC, China's top legislature, enacted the 10-article bill by 2,896 pros, no con and 2 abstentions as it concluded its annual full session.
The bill creates a legal framework to promote a peaceful reunification between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland.
Non-peaceful means and other necessary measures would be employed only as a last resort should all efforts for a peaceful reunification prove futile, according to the law.
Wang appealed to the Taiwan public not to worry as the purpose of making the law is to preserve cross-Straits peace and stability through checking and opposing secessionist forces.
|Wang Zaixi, deputy director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the Chinese State Council, speaks to reporters during a press conference about China's newly-enacted Anti-Secession Law, March 15, 2005. |
"The intensified push for 'independence' by secessionist forces has posed a grave threat to cross-Straits peace and stability," the official said.
"If we fail to curb their secessionist activities in an effective and timely way, peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits will be greatly endangered," he added.
Gao Mingxuan, a law professor with the Renmin University of China, said the employment of non-peaceful means as stipulated in the bill targets only a small group of diehard secessionists but never Taiwan compatriots.
"Anyone who does not engage in secessionist activities shall not feel threatened by the law," said the professor, adding that the bill will win more support and understanding from the Taiwanese people.
Also Tuesday, a spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council criticized the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) of the Taiwan authorities for its distortion of the Anti-Secession Law.
The spokesman said the MAC aimed to deceive Taiwan compatriots and international opinion by distorting the Anti-Secession Law as a move to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and provide "a blank check" for "annexation of Taiwan" by force in the MAC's statement issued on Monday.
It is a dangerous move for the MAC to try to once again incite confrontation across the Taiwan Strait and create a pretext for "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces to provoke incidents, the spokesman said.
The Anti-secession Law enacted by the National People's Congress aims to improve the cross-strait relations, promote peaceful reunification of the motherland, and oppose and check "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces' attempts to secede Taiwan from China, he said.
It aims to maintain the peace and stability across the Strait, safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, he added.
The employment of non-peaceful means to prevent Taiwan's secession from the motherland, which is prescribed in the law as the last resort, targets "Taiwan independence" secessionists but never Taiwan compatriots, he said.
"We reiterate that we will never stop our efforts to improve cross-Strait relations, never change our determination to strive for a peaceful reunification of the country, and never waver in our stance against 'Taiwan independence'," he said.
The spokesman urged the Taiwan authorities to stop their secessionist attempts right away, return to the "1992 Consensus" on the one-China principle, and do things favorable to peaceful and steady development of cross-Strait relations.
The cross-Strait tensions have somewhat eased recently through persistent efforts made by compatriots on both sides, and such a situation should be maintained and developed with joint efforts, he said.
"We believe most Taiwan compatriots can have a rational, objective understanding of the purposes of the law, and appreciate our sincerity in safeguarding the peace and improving relations across the Taiwan Strait and defending the interests of compatriots on both sides of the strait," he said.