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Beijing won't agree with DPP's ideals of independence: TAO

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- China's Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光) yesterday declared Beijing's determined opposition against Taiwan's independence in regard to recent remarks from Taiwan's main opposition party that cited otherwise.

Beijing's stance will not weaken, Ma Xiaoguang said, adding that "The 'Taiwan independence' ideal is not going to work; even if (the Taiwanese people) wish to deal with cross-strait relations with the so-called Resolution on Taiwan's Future."

The remarks were made in an interview with the Central News Agency, following the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) annual national congress held on Sunday, during which party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced plans to postpone the discussion of former lawmaker Chen Zau-nan's (陳昭南) proposal to freeze the party's "Taiwan Independence" clause of its charter.

The clause is the first article of the DPP's party charter, and calls for the establishment of the "Republic of Taiwan."

Although both Tsai and former Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) had allegedly avoided addressing whether the clause should be frozen, both stated that it would be for the Taiwanese people to determine Taiwan's future, with Tsai insisting that Taiwan is already an independent country with sovereign rights.

"Taiwan independence goes against the flow of history, and erodes the benefits of the residents on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. It also goes against the opinion of the majority of Taiwan's people, and will damage the peaceful development of cross-strait relations," Ma Xiaoguang continued.

The DPP would best abandon the idea of "one side, one country" — the correct choice that goes with the people's thoughts, said Ma Xiaoguang.

Younger Generation's 'Independence' Differs from Taiwan Independence: Hau

Earlier last week, Tsai had dismissed the need to "freeze" the Taiwan independence clause as the people's identification of being Taiwanese and insisting on Taiwan's independence has become a natural element within the younger generation.

In response to Tsai's claim, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) pointed out that there was a marked difference between the younger generation's values regarding independence and the DPP's Taiwan independence clause.

"The DPP is binding the two issues together, but they are actually different things ... the peace between Taiwan and China is an important factor for Taiwan's economic development, and the fact is that the DPP's Taiwan independence clause is a dangerous issue, therefore I am personally supportive of several DPP members' proposal to freeze the clause," said Hau.

Chen, the proposer of the freeze, yesterday praised Tsai for her decision to postpone the discussion for its Central Executive Committee meeting, saying it was a "wise way to handle the situation."

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