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Mainland hopes Taiwan opposition party realizes "Taiwan independence" a "dead end"

  BEIJING, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese mainland hopes Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) realizes "Taiwan independence" is a dead end, a mainland spokesman said Wednesday.

  Yang Yi, spokesman for the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, made the remark at a regular press conference in response to a question concerning the DPP's possible adjustment of its hostile mainland policy.

  "We hope the DPP understands the argument for 'Taiwan independence' is not in line with the basic interests of the Taiwanese people," Yang said.

  Peaceful development across the Taiwan Strait is the mainstream, he said.

  When commenting on recent remarks by Lai Shin-yuan, Taiwan's mainland affairs chief, on the island's core interests, Yang said adhering to the1992 Consensus and opposing "Taiwan independence" are the foundation and prerequisites for improving cross-Strait relations.

  The fate of Taiwan is based on the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, he said.

  He expressed hope that the two sides could properly handle disputes and maintain the right direction of peaceful development in the spirit of building mutual trust, shelving dispute, seeking common ground while reserving difference, and creating a mutually beneficial situation.