The head of Taiwan's opposition People First Party (PFP), James Soong Chu-yu, said his tour would be an opportunity to let the mainland know more about the island. Speaking on Phoenix TV before kicking off his eight-day mainland trip on Thursday, Mr Soong denied that he would be signing an agreement on the pledge of 'no independence and no war' with Beijing during his mainland trip. 'The hope for a pledge of no independence and no war is shared by many people,' he said. 'But this cannot be accomplished by me or any opposition parties. Only the ruling party can reach such an agreement [with Beijing]. So I don't have any wild hopes that I can sign any agreement on this issue during the trip.' Mr Soong said he would use the trip to present a fuller picture of the Taiwanese people to the mainland leadership. 'I would like to share my experiences in Taiwan [with the mainland]. I'll let the mainland know Taiwan people's aspirations,' he said. 'I would like to let the mainland leadership know that what Taiwan people treasure is the mechanism that gives them freedom and democracy. They are so afraid that they'll be robbed of their freedom. Taiwanese consciousness doesn't equal pro-independent policies.' Throughout the interview, Mr Soong also stressed that independence would not work for Taiwan. Mr Soong's visit will follow that of Kuomintang chairman Lien Chan, who will conclude his eight-day trip to the mainland tomorrow. Critics said the central government's invitations reflected a desire to calm international concerns about the mainland's recent passing of the Anti-Secession Law. The interview was recorded last Thursday, but aired on Phoenix TV last night. During the interview, Mr Soong played down speculation that he would serve as a messenger for Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian. Mr Chen said yesterday he had asked Mr Soong to relay a message to Beijing.