Taiwan Affairs Office stresses role of Anti-Secession Law

Over the past 15 years since its implementation, the Anti-Secession Law has played an important role in fighting separatist attempts and acts of "Taiwan independence" in any form and promoting peaceful national reunification, said Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, on Saturday.

He made the remarks after Friday's forum held in Beijing to mark the 15th anniversary of China's Anti-Secession Law.

On March 14, 2005, when the separatist movement led by Chen Shui-bian became increasingly rampant, the National People's Congress enacted the Anti-Secession Law, which played a crucial role in maintaining and shaping a relationship of peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits and in promoting cross-Straits relations.

Ma reiterated that there is only one China and Taiwan is part of it, stressing that there is no room for "Taiwan independence" and any separatist activity is illegal and invalid.

"The historical trend toward China's national reunification and rejuvenation will not be stopped by any force," he said.

Ma also highlighted the one-China principle, "One Country, Two Systems" principle and the essence of the 1992 Consensus.

(Cover: The Taipei skyline, including the Taipei 101 skyscraper, in China's Taiwan region. /VCG)