BEIJING, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- A spokesperson of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee on Tuesday announced sanctions on "Taiwan independence" diehards on a Chinese mainland's list.
In order to safeguard the peaceful development of the cross-Strait relations and the immediate interests of the people on both sides of the Strait, and resolutely punish "Taiwan independence" diehard elements, it is decided that Bi-khim Hsiao, Koo Li-hsiung, Tsai Chi-chang, Ker Chien-ming, Lin Fei-fan, Chen Jiau-hua and Wang Ting-yu are listed as diehard "Taiwan independence" separatists, and punitive measures are imposed on them, as well as Su Tseng-chang, You Si-kun and Jaushieh Joseph Wu, who had already been on the list, said the spokesperson.
They and their family members are banned from entering the mainland and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao. Their affiliated institutions are restricted from forging cooperation with relevant organizations and individuals on the mainland. The enterprises related to them, as well as their sponsors, are prohibited from engaging in profit-making activities on the mainland. Other punitive measures will also be taken. They will be held to lifelong accountability according to law, said the spokesperson.
Sanctions are also imposed on the president of the "Taiwan Foundation for Democracy," and the secretary general of the "International Cooperation and Development Fund." They are banned from entering the mainland, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao, said the spokesperson. You Si-kun is the chairman of the "Taiwan Foundation for Democracy." Jaushieh Joseph Wu is the chairman of the "International Cooperation and Development Fund."
Actions seeking "Taiwan independence" constitute the biggest obstacle to China's reunification and a grave danger to the national rejuvenation. For some time, a few diehard separatist elements, out of their own interests, have gone to their lengths to collude with external forces in provocations advocating "Taiwan independence." They have deliberately instigated confrontations across the Taiwan Strait, and recklessly undermined peace and stability in the region. Their activities became all the more egregious during the visit by Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to China's Taiwan region, further exposing their obstinate nature in seeking "Taiwan independence," the spokesperson said.
The Chinese mainland will never tolerate any kind of activity to split the country, will never allow any external force to interfere in its national reunification, and will leave no room for separatist activities seeking "Taiwan independence" in any form, said the spokesperson.
China's reunification is a historical trend and the right path, while "Taiwan independence" goes against the tide of history, and it is a path to nowhere, said the spokesperson.
The names of diehard separatists announced today are only a part of the list, said the spokesperson.
"We seriously warn diehard 'Taiwan independence' separatists to avoid going down the wrong path further. Anyone who deliberately challenges the law will face severe punishment," said the spokesperson. "No one should underestimate our resolve, will and ability to defend China's sovereignty and territorial integrity."
We expect Taiwan compatriots to become fully aware of a few "Taiwan independence" separatists' nature of harming Taiwan, and to grasp where their own interests and well-being hinge. We hope compatriots in Taiwan will consciously make a clean break with "Taiwan independence" separatists, resolutely resist and oppose actions advocating "Taiwan independence," and join hands with compatriots on the mainland in advancing the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and the process toward national reunification, said the spokesperson. ■