Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing dismissed Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian's talk of independence on Monday, telling reporters they shouldn't listen to "local leaders", Reuters reported. He added that anyone who sought to create a separation between China and the island it regards as a renegade province would "become a criminal in history". In what was seen as a rallying call to the pro-independence lobby as his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) prepares to pick a candidate for next year's election, Chen pushed forward a "four wants" policy. He is targeting independence, a new constitution, development and new names for Taiwan companies that use the word "China" in their titles. The DPP lacks the two-thirds parliamentary majority required to call for a referendum on changing the constitution.