The mainland will not give up on a peaceful reunification with Taiwan as long as there is a glimmer of hope, Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday. Speaking to a large gathering of overseas Chinese on the first day of his visit to the United States, Mr Wen stressed that the mainland wanted peace. 'As long as there is a glimmer of hope, the Chinese government will not give up resolving the Taiwan problem peacefully,' he said. 'Our military threat is not against Taiwanese, only against separatists.' The fact that Mr Wen made Taiwan a key part of his first speech in the US signals his main priority on this visit is to square away the Taiwan question with the Bush administration, a chief military ally of the island. The premier said he recognised the need for Taiwanese to seek self-determination and democracy but the mainland would not tolerate Taiwan using democracy as a cover to split away from the mainland - a reference to the recent call for a referendum by Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian.