Top advisor raps Chen's UN 'referendum' bid

Updated: 2007-09-24 20:08

China's top advisor has lashed out at Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian's push for a "referendum" on UN entry, saying the secessionist move would "endanger peace and stability across the Strait and the Asia-Pacific region".

Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), made the remark when meeting a delegation of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification on Monday.

"The 'Taiwan independence' secessionist activities are still rampant," said Jia.

Disregarding Taiwan people's call for peace and strong opposition from international community, Chen had been obstinately promoting a "referendum" on the island's entry into the United Nations.

Chen's insistence in maintaining a "Taiwan independence" policy "will jeopardize the essential interests of people cross the Strait, and will endanger peace and stability across the Strait, and even the Asia-Pacific region", Jia said.

The mainland would stick to its policies on development of cross-Strait relations and continue to promote peaceful reunification "with utmost sincerity and utmost effort", Jia said.

"The mainland will never allow anyone to let Taiwan secede from China in any manner," Jia said.

Jia, also a director of the council, called on the council to uphold the one-China principle and adhere to the principle of "pinning hope on the Taiwan people" and keep promoting cross-Strait exchanges to strengthen opposition to secessionist forces.

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