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Taiwan Affairs Office Issues Statement on Current Cross-Straits Relations
The Office for Taiwan Affairs under the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council were authorized to issue a statement on current cross-Straits relations on May 17.

The following is a translation of the full text of the statement:

At present, the relations across the Taiwan Straits are severely tested. To put a resolute check on the "Taiwan independence" activities aimed at dismembering China, and to safeguard peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits are the most pressing tasks before the compatriots on both sides of the Straits.

Four years ago, Chen Shui-bian pledged himself to the so-called "five no's" policy. His track record, however, was one of broken promises and bad faith. He said he would not declare "independence", but he has mustered together all kinds of separatists for "Taiwan independence" activities. He said he would not change Taiwan's so-called "national title", but he has incessantly clamored for "rectification of Taiwan's name" and "desinification"in Taiwan. He said he would not push for the inclusion of the so-called "state-to-state" description in the constitution, but he has dished out a separatist proposition of "one country on each side". He said he would not promote "referendum to change the status quo in regard to the question of independence or unification", but he has tried every possible means to promote "Taiwan independence" by way of referendum. He said there was no question of abolishing the "National Unification Council" and the "National Unification Guidelines", but he has long since shelved them, letting them exist only in name. What's more, Chen Shui-bianhas left Taiwan society deeply to