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"Taiwan independence" biggest threat to peace, stability in the Strait: spokesperson

Updated: 12 29 , 2016 14:46
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BEIJING, Dec. 28 -- Peaceful development of cross-Strait relations is the biggest guarantee of stability in the Taiwan Strait, while "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces and their activities are the biggest threats, a mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.

"Any attempt to resist reunification by the use of force is doomed to failure," said An Fengshan, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, at a press conference.

"We have steadfast stance to maintain national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and we will never allow 'Taiwan independence' secessionist forces to split Taiwan from China, in any form or under any name," An said.

A handful of "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces colluding with those seeking "Hong Kong independence" to split the country will not succeed, An said.

An said people from across the Strait should be vigilant of secessionist speeches and actions in any form.

He also stressed that the core meaning of the 1992 Consensus is irreplaceable, which is acknowledging that both sides across the Taiwan Strait belong to one China.

As long as Taiwan authorities accept the 1992 Consensus, both sides will have a common political basis and cross-Strait exchanges will continue, he added.

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