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22 September 2017
Ma Xiaoguang (right) said Wednesday that Beijing will not tolerate any activities that go against the One China principle. Photos: Reuters, CNSA
Ma Xiaoguang (right) said Wednesday that Beijing will not tolerate any activities that go against the One China principle. Photos: Reuters, CNSA

Beijing sends a reminder to Taiwanese doing business in China

Beijing will not allow any Taiwanese person doing business in mainland China to show support for pro-independence activities on the island, a top official reiterated Wednesday.

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said at a press conference in Beijing that China will not tolerate any subversive activities.

There is “no way” that Beijing will accept any move that goes against the “One China” principle, the official said. 

He made the remarks when a reporter suggested that some people from Taiwan may be investing and making money in China but still financing pro-independence activities back home.

Ma said in a firm tone that such behavior is absolutely not allowed, Apple Daily reported.

However, he said that there may be only a very few people who may be indulging in such activities.

Huang An, a Taiwanese singer who had moved to Beijing, is said to have told by Chinese authorities recently that some artists from Taiwan and Hong Kong should be banned from entering the mainland due to their support for pro-independence groups.

Ma’s remarks came as polls show that Tsai Ing-wen, who represents Taiwan’s independence-supporting Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), remains the frontrunner in the island’s presidential election that will be held on Jan. 16.

Tsai said in an open debate on TV last weekend with her two rivals that the “One China” principle, or the so-called 1992 consensus, is only one of many options that Taiwan can use for negotiations with Communist Party leaders.

In a response, Ma said on Wednesday that the 1992 consensus that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one China is a core framework that can’t be questioned.

Ma’s hard line stance has been welcomed by Chinese netizens, many of whom said on online forums that independence supporters should be barred from doing business in China.

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