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Mainland reminds DPP of negative impact of Taiwan independence

BEIJING, April 15 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday urged the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Taiwan's opposition party, to distance itself from independence movement.

The DPP's cross-Strait relations policy is being dragged down by its "one country on each side" concept, warned Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman with the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, commenting on the recent remarks on cross-Strait relations by DPP chairperson Tsai Ing-wen.

Both sides of the Taiwan Strait agreed to the 1992 Consensus and opposed Taiwan independence, which is the political foundation for peaceful cross-Strait relations, Ma said at a regular press conference.

"The anchor of cross-Strait relations is the common understanding that both the mainland and Taiwan belong to China," he said.

The two sides should not forget the tension between 2000 and 2008, he said. During that time, the island's leader was from the DPP.

"We hope compatriots on both sides can honor the political foundation for peaceful cross-Strait relations and work together to maintain a favorable situation," he said. "We should also continue with progress that benefits the people on both sides."