Anti-secession legislation will benefit cross-strait ties, says CPPCC spokesman Beijing's proposed anti-secession law will bring peace to the Taiwan Strait, Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference spokesman Wu Jianmin said yesterday. A former ambassador to France, Mr Wu rejected criticism that the law - expected to be passed by the National People's Congress - would exacerbate tensions with Taiwan. 'First, you have not seen the law yet. How can you say it is going to jeopardise cross-strait relations?' he asked. 'Instead, this law will promote the development of cross-strait relations and peaceful reunification, safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as opposing and containing Taiwan independence. 'Of course this law will serve the interests of the Chinese people. It is groundless to say the law will harm cross-strait relations. 'The most important purpose of this legislation is to curb Taiwanese independence forces. I think it will benefit cross-strait relations. Everybody hopes there will be peace and stability in the region, and Taiwanese independence forces are a threat to peace and stability in the region.' The CPPCC's annual session will open this afternoon and close on March 12. The anti-secession law will be placed on the agenda before NPC members on Tuesday after congress vice-chairman Wang Zhaoguo briefly introduces the proposed legislation. Although the content of the legislation has not been revealed publicly, scholars familiar with its drafting said it would give Beijing a legal basis to take action to counter pro-independence moves by Taipei. A law to emphasise national sovereignty has been mooted by Beijing for more than a decade. The anti-secession law quickly gathered momentum after Premier Wen Jiabao paid a visit to England in May last year and was encouraged by overseas Chinese to promulgate a national unification law to curb Taiwanese pro-independence forces. The central government has been alarmed by the creeping progress towards independence by Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian, who in the past two years has campaigned for a new constitution for Taiwan that would enshrine the island's statehood. The CPPCC will step up its work on Chinese compatriots in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and overseas, chairman Jia Qinglin will say in his work report to be delivered today. He will also emphasise that the CPPCC should play a role in curbing Taiwan's independence movement, and will highlight conference members' contributions to Hong Kong's legislative elections and Macau's chief executive election last year.