Parties unite to combat Taiwan secession

UPDATED: 10:29, July 13, 2005

The Communist Party of China (CPC) and visiting New Party of Taiwan Tuesday vowed to join hands to fight pro-independence forces and promote peaceful reunification across the Straits.

"It is the common political proposition and the goal of our two parties to firmly oppose 'Taiwan independence' and promote peaceful reunification of the country," said Hu Jintao, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

He made the remarks at a meeting with the opposition New Party delegation headed by chairman Yok Mu-ming at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Tuesday afternoon.

Yok is now the third leader from Taiwanese opposition parties to meet Hu, also president, since April following Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan and People First Party Chairman James Soong.

Hu pledged that the CPC would continue to work with the New Party to resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence" forces and their activities, safeguard cross-Straits peace and stability and improve bilateral relations.

He stressed that "Taiwan independence" is a road leading to disaster and only by curbing secessionist activities can cross-Straits peace and stability be maintained to ensure a stable environment for economic and social development on both sides.

"Firm opposition to 'Taiwan independence' means real love for Taiwan," Hu said, adding that the fight against secessionist activities benefits the island's social stability and the immediate interests of people in Taiwan.

The CPC leader praised the New Party's support for national reunification and its contribution to improving cross-Straits ties.

Hu added that the New Party is one of Taiwan's important political forces that can not be ignored.

The New Party has always stuck to the one-China principle, opposed Taiwan's secession from China and stood for peaceful reunification of the motherland, he said.

"It's very praiseworthy for you to do so and we very much appreciate your efforts," Hu said.

Yok said his party would stand firm on its support for reunification.

He expressed his hope that people on both sides of the Straits should unite to strive for a rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

The 30-member New Party delegation started its eight-day "journey of the Chinese nation" last Wednesday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of victory in the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1937-1945).

The group visited Guangzhou, Nanjing and Dalian before arriving in Beijing on Saturday to "make the finishing touch" of the trip.

At a press conference, Yok said his mainland visit concentrated on promoting spiritual consensus across the Taiwan Straits.

"We hope our trip will have some impact on the development of cross-Straits relations in the future," he told reporters.

The 65-year-old leader described his party as like the pole star, Polaris, which looks lonely but is valuable in directing people in the right direction.

He stressed that the New Party would make further efforts to promote a win-win and co-operative solution for both sides of the Straits.

At the news conference, New Party Secretary-General Lee Sheng-feng said his party will push for adherance to National Unification Guidelines to show the island's determination not to pursue formal "independence."

One of the principles of Taiwan's National Unification Guidelines, adopted in February 1991 by the National Unification Council, is that both the mainland and Taiwan are Chinese territory and the promotion of unification is the common responsibility of all Chinese people.

Source: China Daily

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