NPC spokesperson slams Taiwan "referendum" 03-04-2004 13:53

A spokesperson for the second session of the 10th National People's Congress (NPC) Thursday morning slammed the so-called "defensive referendum" pushed forward by the Taiwan authorities as a "very immoral" campaigning tactic of Chen Shui-bian.

"In seeking his personal 're-election', Chen has put the tangible interests of the Taiwan people at stake. This is indeed very immoral," said Jiang Enzhu at a press conference on the NPC session slated to open in Beijing Friday.

Chen's act has stirred up the indignation and condemnation of the 1.3 billion Chinese people including the Taiwan compatriots, said Jiang.

"We understand and respect the Taiwan compatriots' desire for developing democracy, but we firmly oppose Taiwan authorities' pursuit of 'Taiwan Independence' and any splittist activities under the cloak of democracy."

Meanwhile, Jiang reiterated the mainland's consistent stance of seeking a peaceful reunification based on the principle of "one country, two systems."

"As long as the slightest hope remains, we will spare no efforts to seek a peaceful reunification," he said.

Editor:Hope  Source:Xinhuanet

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