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President Xi warns against 'Taiwan independence' in any form


Updated: 2016-03-06 23:00:19


President Xi warns against 'Taiwan independence' in any form

Chinese President Xi Jinping joins a group deliberation of deputies from Shanghai to the annual session of the National People's Congress in Beijing, March 5, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING -- President Xi Jinping on Saturday warned against "Taiwan independence," saying that national secession should not be repeated.

"We will resolutely contain 'Taiwan independence' secessionist activities in any form," said Xi when joining a group of lawmakers from Shanghai on the first day of the national legislature's annual session.

"We will safeguard the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and never allow the historical tragedy of national secession to happen again," Xi said.

"This is the common wish and firm will of all Chinese people. It is also our solemn commitment and our responsibility to history and the people," he said.

"Our policy toward Taiwan is clear and consistent, and it will not change along with the change in Taiwan's political situation," Xi told the legislators.

Tsai Ing-wen, candidate of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won Taiwan's leadership election in January. Tsai defeated Eric Chu, candidate of the Kuomintang (KMT), the party which has ruled Taiwan for the past eight years.

"Compatriots from both sides of the Taiwan Straits are expecting the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations, and we should not disappoint them," he said.

"We will adhere to the 1992 Consensus as a political foundation, and continuously advance the peaceful development of cross-Straits ties," said the president.

Only by accepting the 1992 Consensus and recognizing its core implications can the two sides have a common political foundation and maintain good interactions, Xi said.

The 1992 Consensus clearly defines the nature of cross-Straits ties, and is the basis for the peaceful development of cross-Straits ties in the long run.

Xi said the results of the peaceful development of cross-Straits ties should be safeguarded by compatriots from both sides. Realizing the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation also needs the concerted efforts of people across the Straits.

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