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Taiwan’s DPP slammed for seeking ‘cash diplomacy’

Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

BEIJING – A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday condemned the Democratic Progressive Party authorities for abusing the hard-earned wealth of Taiwan people to purchase weapons and seek so-called "diplomatic relations" through "financial aid."

The DPP authorities have squandered public resources belonging to Taiwan people to serve its own political goal of seeking "Taiwan independence," said Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.

If the money had been spent to develop the economy and improve people's welfare instead of going for "cash diplomacy," Taiwan people would not be so furious about their current living conditions, said Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council

If the money had been spent to develop the economy and improve people's welfare instead of going for "cash diplomacy," Taiwan people would not be so furious about their current living conditions, Zhu noted.

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Looking into the future, Zhu said, when China is reunited, the wealth created by Taiwan people will all be used to improve their wellbeing. 

Zhu said tensions across the Taiwan Straits will not ease until provocative acts advocating "Taiwan independence" cease.

She described the touting of the so-called "two states" theory by the DPP authorities and elements advocating "Taiwan independence," and their collusion with external forces to incite provocations, as the "root causes" of the tensions across the strait.

Zhu said relevant exercises and training conducted by the People's Liberation Army are meant to target separatist activities seeking "Taiwan independence" and interference by external forces.

In essence, these exercises and training aim to safeguard the overall interests of the Chinese nation and the immediate interests of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits, said Zhu.

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Responding to to reports that a group of US Congress members including Senator John Cornyn had arrived in Taiwan by a military airplane and planned to meet with Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen, Zhu reiterated that the mainland resolutely opposes official exchanges and military contacts of any form between the United States and China's Taiwan region.

Urging certain US Congress members to abide by the one-China principle and relevant provisions of the three China-US joint communiques, Zhu warned that sending wrong signals to the "Taiwan independence" forces would only further undermine cross-Straits peace and stability.