Mainland: Tsai’s ‘Taiwan independence’ stance hurts regional stability

A mainland official on Monday called the “Taiwan independence” path the region is going now under the leadership of Tsai Ing-wen, and the party she belongs to, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), is the biggest source of threat that endangers regional stability. 

Chen Binhua, a spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, made the remarks when asked to comment on Tsai’s last New Year address on Monday, which highlighted her “achievements” over years in cross-Straits relations.

Since coming to power in 2016, the DPP authorities have adhered to the “Taiwan independence” stance and refused to recognize the one-China principle and the “1992 Consensus,” Chen listed out, denouncing their acts for obstructing cross-Straits exchanges and cooperation.

These actions jeopardize the interests of Taiwan compatriots, Chen said. 

The mainland official said he hopes Taiwan compatriots can “make the right choices” and firmly oppose “Taiwan independence” in preserving the peace and stability of the Taiwan Straits and guaranteeing personal interests.   

(Cover: The Taipei 101 skyscraper commands the urban landscape in Taipei, southeast China’s Taiwan. /Xinhua)

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