BEIJING, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson warned Wednesday that advocating "Taiwan independence" would only push the island to "an abyss of danger" and the mainland would never "sit by and let it loose."
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson with the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, made the remarks in response to a question about a Taiwan politician who claimed that time is ripe for a "new constitution" that advocates "Taiwan independence".
While commenting on the new leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) expressing support for "Taiwan independence" activities, Ma said such statements revealed that the DPP was the "destructor of cross-Strait relations" and "a troublemaker undermining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait."
Ma criticized the DPP authority, saying it acted in defiance of the strong public will in Taiwan to develop cross-Strait ties and improve the economy and the people's livelihoods, and had been continuously building up cross-Strait tensions and restricting cross-Strait exchanges.
"This further exposed the DPP's nature as it is turning against the interests of the public in Taiwan," Ma said.
The spokesperson said the mainland will continue to unite Taiwan compatriots, eliminate interference, expand and deepen cross-Strait economic exchange and cooperation, to promote the welfare of Taiwan people and forge closer bonds among compatriots on the two sides.