A Chinese mainland official on Friday lashed out at Taiwan leader Chen
Shui-bian's latest plan for so-called "constitutional reform" and warned that
the move would cause instability in the region.
In a reported interview, Chen said he would propose a "freezing" of Taiwan's
existing "constitution" and apply a new one that suited Taiwan's current
"It is another dangerous move of Chen to serve his own interests. His words
will stir up opposition on the island and cause trouble on developing the
relationship across the Taiwan Strait," said a spokesman of the Taiwan Affairs
Office of China's State Council.
"If Chen is allowed to audaciously push forward the reform, it will threaten
China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the development of cross-Strait
relations, and the peace and stability of the Strait or even the Asia-Pacific
region at large," the spokesman said.
The Chinese government firmly opposes Chen's plot to achieve Taiwan's "de
jure independence" through "constitutional reform", he said.
On Sept. 24,
Chen raised the issue of "constitutional reform", which involved the possibility
of changing the "territorial definitions" of Taiwan. Mainland officials have
criticized the plan from the outset.