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Beijing prepared to crash separatist activities

PLA Daily 2004-01-15

BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Xinhuanet) -- The referendum being proposed by Taiwan's leader Chen Shui-bian and the island's authorities is an attempt to pave the way for a referendum on independence, and a serious threat to peace across the Taiwan Strait, the Chinese government warned Wednesday.

Li Weiyi, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office under the State Council, said Chen had disregarded the essential interests of the Taiwan people and organized various separatist forces to push for independence by way of a referendum and "remaking the constitution", which was doomed to draw condemnation from the Chinese compatriots worldwide.

The international community had also expressed objections and questioned Chen's activities. This showed his attempt to change the status quo and split the nation unilaterally through a referendum was unpopular, Li said.

Li said the basic pattern and developing tendency for relationsacross the Taiwan Strait had remained unchanged last year.

In 2004, the Chinese government would continue to promote direct exchanges of postal services, transport and trade and to maintain stability, Li said.

The Chinese government would try its utmost to seek peaceful reunification, but would also make necessary preparations against any form of separatist activities, Li added.

Li said the Chinese government had an unswerving resolution and confidence in maintaining national sovereignty and territorial integrity and would allow nobody to separate Taiwan from China.

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