Protecting state sovereignty is in China's vital interest, says delegates' resolution The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference ended its 10-day annual conference yesterday and endorsed a proposed law that would allow the PLA to use 'non-peaceful means' against Taiwan if necessary. 'Protecting state sovereignty and territorial integrity is in China's vital interest,' said a resolution passed by the more than 2,600 CPPCC members in the Great Hall of the People. 'The formulation of the anti-secession law embodies the common aspiration and firm determination of all the Chinese people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity and never to allow Taiwan Independence secessionist forces to secede Taiwan from China in any name or by any means,' the resolution said. The proposed anti-secession law is expected to be passed by the National People's Congress tomorrow when it also ends its annual meeting. The legislation - the full text of which has yet to be officially published - has drawn criticism from Washington and Taipei. While the Bush administration called it 'unhelpful', Taiwan rejected it, saying it threatened regional security and amounted to a 'blank cheque' for the PLA to use force against the island. On Friday, Chen Yunlin, director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, rejected Taipei's criticism calling it 'vicious and tarnishing'. In yesterday's closing session, CPPCC Chairman Jia Qinglin called on members to unite to promote ties with Taiwan and work for the unification of the motherland. In addition to approving the resolution, CPPCC members yesterday also voted in three new vice-chairmen. They were former Hong Kong chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, a vice-chairwoman of China Democratic National Construction Association, Zhang Rongming , and Zhang Meiying , also a vice-chairwoman of the China Democratic League. The China Democratic National Construction Association and the China Democratic League cover the eight so-called 'democratic parties' on the mainland. These 'political parties' have no real power and support the Communist Party on all major policies. In yesterday's election, both vice-chairwomen received slightly fewer votes - in the range of 1,700 to 1,900 - than Mr Tung, who got 2,065 votes. Only 21 CPPCC members voted against Mr Tung's appointment. Meanwhile, the CPPCC members also backed five members to join the Standing Committee. But three ministers who joined the CPPCC last year failed to join the group. They are Zhao Qizheng , minister of the State Council's Information Office, Zhang Fusen, Minister of Justice, and Zheng Silin , Minister of Labour and Social Security.