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Thursday, July 27, 2000, updated at 08:20(GMT+8)

Xinhua Condemns Taiwan's Separatist Tsai Ying-wen

Xinhua news agency Wednesday criticizes Tsai Ying-wen, head of Taiwan's "Mainland Affairs Council," for her separatist words and activities since she took office.

Publishing a signed article titled "Separatists Will Never Succeed," Xinhua says Tsai has gradually exposed as a separatist.

Being one of the key figures in brewing Lee Teng-hui's "two-states" advocacy, Tsai had been the brains behind Lee's separatist words and deeds.

After Lee stepped down, Tsai was given the important position by the new Taiwan leader known as the "most faithful executive of the Lee Teng-hui line."

She has never recognized herself as a Chinese. Calling herself a key official of Taiwan, she claimed, "I am not Chinese, if one China means the People's Republic of China."

She also said being Chinese is a "a matter of personal choice."

"To be or not to be Chinese is not important. What's important is to have a recognition for the land of Taiwan," said Tsai.

Tsai denies the one-China principle, though she, as Taiwan's leading official in charge of "mainland affairs," must know that recognizing the one-China principle is the basis for improving and developing cross-Straits ties.

On July 20, Tsai supported "Taiwan independence" by stating, "Taiwan independence is one of the options of Taiwan people on cross-Straits relations."

The Xinhua article reiterates that "Taiwan independence" is a major crime in an attempt to split the motherland.

It makes it clear that to put separatist people like Tsai in charge of Taiwan's so-called mainland affairs is fruitless and does nothing to improve or ease cross-Straits tensions.

Echoing the Taiwan leader's denial of a consensus reached by the two sides across the Taiwan Straits on the one-China principle, Tsai attempted to block exchanges between the people living on the two banks of the straits, including the exchanges between the cities of Xiamen on the mainland, and Kaohsiung in Taiwan, Xinhua's article said.

She has also tried hard to drum up "Taiwan's participation in the United Nations" by openly advocating "to publicize that Taiwan is a sovereign and independent state."

Tsai repeatedly expressed her hopes that the United States will interfere in cross-Straits relations. She and Annette Lu have echoed each other and are both called the "Meimei" (which means pro-US) in Taiwan.

Tsai's words and deeds mirror the true face of the new leader of Taiwan, the article says, noting their so-called "goodwill" and "sincerity" are coming apart with their separatist words and deeds.

To develop the cross-Straits relations under the one-China principle has been an urgent demand of the whole Chinese people including Taiwan compatriots and is an irreversible historical trend as well, Xinhua says.

It warns that the Taiwan Authorities will inevitably fail if they stubbornly adhere to the separatist stance of "Taiwan independence" and move against the will of Taiwan compatriots, and damage the interests of the Chinese nation.

All those who have advocated Lee Teng-hui's separatist views will come to no end, the article concludes.

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Xinhua news agency Wednesday criticizes Tsai Ying-wen, head of Taiwan's "Mainland Affairs Council," for her separatist words and activities since she took office.

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