MOFA: Taiwan seeking 'independence' root cause of problems

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said the root cause of the problems in the Taiwan Straits is the Democratic Progressive Party authorities' pursuit of "independence," adding that Taiwan Island is an inseparable part of China.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning made the remarks at a regular press conference in response to Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen's earlier speech on Monday.

The root cause of the current tensions in the Taiwan Straits lies in the Democratic Progressive Party authorities' stubborn insistence on "Taiwan independence and secession," and colluding with external forces to continuously seek "independence," which seriously undermines the important foundation of the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, Mao noted.

Stressing the one-China principle is the key stand for peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits, the spokesperson said adhering to the one-China principle will improve and develop cross-strait relations.

"Deviating from the one-China principle will lead to tension and turbulence in cross-strait relations," she added.

Mao reiterated that the Taiwan question concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"We are willing to create a broad space for peaceful reunification, but we will never leave any space for 'Taiwan independence' and secession activities," she said.

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