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Chinese mainland ready to defend cross-Strait reunification

Updated: 2024-03-11 chinadaily.com.cn

If "Taiwan independence" forces and external forces dare to take a step, the Chinese mainland will take a bigger step to cut the space for "Taiwan independence" and extend the space for cross-Strait reunification, said a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Regarding the future situation in the Taiwan Strait, overall peace and stability are under control, said Yang Yizhou, a CPPCC member, and also vice-chairman of the All-China Federation of Taiwan Compatriots.

The primary risk factors over the Strait stem from the promotion of "Taiwan independence" in a cultural aspect, which may lead to tensions across the Strait. Additionally, external forces, primarily led by the United States, intervening in the Taiwan question represent another major risk, he said.

Yang said the incoming Taiwan head, Lai Ching-te, who will take office in May, openly identifies himself as a proponent of "Taiwan independence". Therefore, he will not abandon his pro-independence stance and will not recognize the 1992 Consensus that embodies one-China principle. Consequently, cross-Strait relations will undoubtedly face significant challenges, leading to inevitable confrontation and conflicts between the two sides.

However, as he represents a minority in governance, with 60 percent of the population having not voted for him, his governance will be greatly influenced. Therefore, the possibility of him advocating for extreme or legal "Taiwan independence" is small, he said.

Vigilance is necessary against his gradual approach to "Taiwan independence", with a focus on efforts to de-Sinicize the culture in Taiwan, Yang said, adding that strengthening cultural exchanges between the two sides and promoting the common Chinese culture of both sides is the most effective approach

Yang said that the US interference in the Taiwan Strait represents another risk factor.

Although there is a certain consensus between China and the US in managing peace in the Strait, and the US has openly stated its opposition to "Taiwan independence", there is a discrepancy between its words and actions. This is evident in increased arms sales to Taiwan and its support for Taiwan's participation in international affairs, he said.

It is hoped that the US will act in accordance with its statements. With the increasing strength of the mainland, there will be more and more means to counteract external interference, he added.

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