China official approves of Taiwan peace accord vow

AP News
Posted: Oct 26, 2011 12:27 AM
China official approves of Taiwan peace accord vow

A Chinese official says Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's call for a cross-strait peace accord is "in the interest of the Chinese race."

Wednesday's statement by China's Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Yang Yi comes amid continuing rows in Taiwan over Ma's proposal.

Ma said last week he would seek a China peace accord if re-elected next January. He added the move may require a referendum after the opposition charged the treaty will hurt Taiwan's sovereignty.

While Yang lauds the accord, he says no politician should manipulate the referendum issue.

Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949. Beijing still claims Taiwan as its own.

China opposes referendums because it sees them as the privilege of a formal state, a status it rejects for Taiwan.