Mainland opposes possible Dalai Lama visit to Taiwan

2016-09-14 21:04:04 | From:http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/09/14/4201s940301.htm

File photo of Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson of the Taiwan Affair Office of the State Council [Photo: Chinanews.com]

Authorities on the Chinese mainland are warning of severe consequences in the case of a possible visit to Taiwan by the Dalai Lama.

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, noted that the mainland opposed any form of visit by the Dalai Lama to the island.

"The Dalai Lama always puts on religious attire to carry out separatist activities. We firmly oppose any form of visit by the Dalai Lama to Taiwan. The intention of some forces in Taiwan to collude with separatists seeking 'Tibet independence' and to create disturbances will have a severe impact on relations across the Taiwan Strait."

At the same time, Ma also warns against any attempts to use the UN to challenge the one-China policy.

The remarks come after some political forces in Taiwan are reportedly trying to incite the island's application for UN membership.

Ma reiterated that the UN is an international organization composed of sovereign states and adheres to the one-China policy, while Taiwan is part of China.

The island's former leaders Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian once manipulated attempts at Taiwan's UN membership, but both failed.

The spokesman also urges Taiwan authorities to address the concerns of the participants of a massive protest earlier this week.

Over 15,000 people employed in Taiwans' hospitality and tourism sectors took part in a demonstration in downtown Taipei on Monday.

It follows a 30 percent year-on-year decline in the number of mainland tourists visiting the island on group tours over the past three months.

It's been suggested falling profits in the industry are related to the refusal by island authorities to recognize the 1992 Consensus, which endorses the one-China principle.

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