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DPP disturbance of cross-Strait exchanges is harmful: official

BEIJING, June 26 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese mainland official on Wednesday criticized Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) insistence on disturbing cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation as harmful.

It goes against development trends in mainland-Taiwan ties, violates the common hopes of people from both sides of the Strait and damages the interests and welfare of Taiwanese compatriots, said Fan Liqing, a spokeswoman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.

She made the remarks at a regular press conference when asked to comment on certain DPP figures' offensive remarks regarding Honorary Chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang Party Wu Poh-Hsiung's recent visit to the mainland.

The June 13 meeting between Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, and Wu was an important event for boosting mainland-Taiwan political mutual trust and has been widely applauded by people of various walks of life in Taiwan, Fan said.

The spokeswoman stressed that the DPP will find itself down a blind alley if it continues to uphold the "Taiwan independence" stance and attempts to disturb cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation.

The DPP's adherence to the concept of "one country on each side" of the Taiwan Strait is the fundamental reason why the mainland can not initiate inter-party exchanges with the DPP, Fan said.

She reiterated the mainland's hope that the DPP will drop its "Taiwan independence" stance.