BEIJING, March 23 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese official has called for efforts to
promote the peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Straits.
The peaceful development of cross-Straits ties is the common wish of people
on the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, said Li Weiyi, spokesman for the Taiwan
Affairs Office of the State Council.
Li made the remarks on Saturday night after the "referendum on UN
membership" proposed by the Taiwan authorities failed to get enough votes from
"It once again indicates the action to seek 'Taiwan independence' is not
popular," Li said.