BEIJING, May 30 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday criticized the Taiwan authority's moves to obstruct and restrict cross-Strait exchanges, saying that such acts were "bound to be opposed by compatriots on both sides of the Strait."
An Fengshan, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, made the remarks at a press conference in response to a question about the island's cross-Strait affairs authority's recent statement that it would conduct "strict scrutiny" of visits and other activities of people from the mainland.
"Enhancing cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation and promoting cross-Strait peaceful development accords with the common will and fundamental interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait," An said, noting that the mainland side had been working to expand and deepen such exchanges to bring more benefits to Taiwanese compatriots and enterprises.
"However, the island's Democratic Progressive Party administration has been continuously thwarting relevant exchanges and communications," An said, adding that such acts were "undermining the welfare of Taiwanese compatriots."
"When it comes to the cross-Strait issue over the recent period, it is completely clear among the general public which side is using an open-minded attitude to bridge exchanges and which side is conducting self-seclusion," An said.
The spokesperson said that despite the grave and complex situation for cross-Strait relations, the mainland's principles and policies toward Taiwan had always been clear and consistent.
"We will continue to uphold the one-China principle and the 1992 Consensus, and resolutely oppose and deter 'Taiwan independence' separatist attempts and activities," An said.