Including Chinese history in East Asian history is a form of "Taiwan Independence": spokesperson

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson Wednesday warned that pushing "de-sinicization" and "Taiwan independence" in education would poison the younger generation in Taiwan, further damage cross-Strait relations, and intensify cross-Strait confrontation.

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, made the remarks in response to a new high school history curriculum passed by Taiwan's education authorities.

According to recent reports, the new curriculum allegedly makes the Chinese history part of East Asian history.

Taiwan and the mainland belong to one China, people on both sides are all Chinese, and Taiwanese culture is an inalienable part of Chinese culture, said Ma.

No "de-sinicization" moves can separate the connections of history and culture across the Strait, Ma stressed.

This activity by the Democratic Progressive Party administration is strongly opposed by Taiwanese society and the "Taiwan independence" activity has forgotten the origins of the island and will receive strong objections from compatriots on both sides, said Ma.

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