In this Jan 17, 2018 photo, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, addresses a press conference in Beijing, China. (CHEN YUHUA / XINHUA)
BEIJING – The Chinese mainland has the resolve, confidence, and ability to defeat attempts for so-called "Taiwan independence" and defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, a mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.
We will never allow the historical tragedy of national division to repeat itself, and nobody should underestimate our resolve and strength.
Ma Xiaoguang, Spokesperson, Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council
"We will never allow the historical tragedy of national division to repeat itself, and nobody should underestimate our resolve and strength," Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said at a press briefing.
Ma made the comment when asked to respond to Taiwan media reports that some people in Taiwan said the United States would further support the Democratic Progressive Party.
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He described it as a wishful thinking and a major miscalculation on the international situation that deliberately mislead the Taiwan public.
"Taiwan independence" forces are the biggest threat for peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits, and the greatest harm to the interests of Taiwan compatriots and the Chinese nation, the spokesperson said.
The mainland spokesperson expressed firm opposition to official contact between the US and Taiwan "in any form."
"The United States should adhere to the one-China principle and the three joint communiques between China and the United States so as not to undermine bilateral ties and peace and stability in the region," said Ma.
He was commenting on a US official attending the dedication ceremony of the new office complex of the American Institute in Taiwan on Tuesday.
"Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party administration will only further damage cross-Straits relations by implicating foreign powers," he said.
"The Taiwan issue, which is vital to China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, remains the most important and sensitive issue in China-US relations.”
Ma urged the US side to handle this issue with caution.
MAINLAND INTERNSHIPS FOR TAIWANESE
Talking on opportunities for Taiwan compatriots, the spokesperson said Chinese mainland will offer young Taiwanese around 600 internships in various industries in the coming months.
"Many government offices and enterprises across the country have introduced their summer internship programs for Taiwanese youth," he said.
Ma also pointed out that in east China's Shanghai city and Fujian province, local governments had each issued over 50 preferential policies covering sectors including education, employment, job security, and medical services, for Taiwanese living in those regions.
"Taiwanese need only to pass the law and regulation exams to be securities, futures, or fund practitioners if they had already obtained qualifications in Taiwan.
Taiwanese companies will also enjoy preferential policies including market access, financial services, fund support and customs clearance, added Ma.