President Xi Jinping has pledged “utmost sincerity and greatest efforts” for the prospect of peaceful reunification, but he made no promise to abandon the use of force.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks Wednesday in Beijing at a gathering marking the 40th anniversary of issuing Message to Compatriots in Taiwan.
While noting that “Chinese don’t fight Chinese,” Xi said peaceful reunification is in the best interests of compatriots across the Strait as well as the Chinese nation.
“We make no promise to renounce the use of force and reserve the option of taking all necessary means,” he added.
This does not target compatriots in Taiwan, but the interference of external forces and the very small number of “Taiwan independence” separatists and their activities, he said.
“Taiwan independence” goes against the trend of history and will lead to a dead end, he said.
“We are willing to create broad space for peaceful reunification, but will leave no room for any form of separatist activities,” he added.
Xi said the Taiwan question is China’s internal affairs and allows no external interference.
The Chinese people’s affairs should be decided by the Chinese people, Xi said, stressing that the Taiwan question concerns China’s core interests and the national bond of the Chinese people.
China’s reunification does not harm any country’s legitimate interests, including their economic interests in Taiwan, Xi said.
It will only bring more development opportunities to other countries, inject more positive energy into the prosperity and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and the world, and make greater contributions to building a community with a shared future for humanity, to world peace and development, and to the cause of human progress, he added.
Taiwan will be guaranteed lasting peace after peaceful reunification, Xi said.
Xi called for efforts to deepen the integrated development across the Taiwan Strait to consolidate the foundation of peaceful reunification, adding that “Chinese people should help each other.”
Xi also pledged to further institutionalize the cross-Strait economic cooperation and to forge a cross-Strait common market.
Both sides should enhance the free flow of trade, connectivity in infrastructure, exchange of energy and resources, and shared industrial standards, said Xi.
Xi proposed that the mainland and Taiwan conduct democratic consultation on cross-Strait relations and the future of the nation, and establish institutional arrangement for peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.
Political parties and all sectors on both sides of the Strait may recommend representatives to conduct extensive and in-depth democratic consultation on the basis of the common political foundation of upholding the 1992 Consensus and opposing “Taiwan independence,” Xi said.
A must for the great rejuvenation
China must be and will be reunified, Xi said.
“It is a historical conclusion drawn over the 70 years of the development of cross-Strait relations, and a must for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in the new era,” he said.
He called on Chinese people across the Taiwan Strait as well as at home and abroad to work together for the Chinese nation’s greater good and go with the tide of history, to jointly push forward the peaceful development of the cross-Strait relations and advance the process toward the peaceful reunification of China.
An irresistible trend
Xi stressed that achieving the country’s greatness, national rejuvenation and cross-Strait reunification is the trend of history, which can never be blocked by anyone or any force.
The historical and legal facts, that Taiwan is part of China and the two sides across Taiwan Strait belong to one and the same China, can never be altered by anyone or any force, said Xi.
The fact that compatriots across the Strait are all Chinese who share natural kinship and national identity can never be changed by anyone or any force, Xi added.
The peaceful and stable development of cross-Strait situations and the progress of cross-Strait relations are the tide of the time that can never be stopped by anyone or any force, said Xi.
Xi highlighted the breakthrough progress made in the cross-Strait relations since 1949.
Over the 70 years, estrangement between the mainland and Taiwan was ended in line with the common will of compatriots across the Strait, and Taiwan compatriots have made great contributions to the reform and opening-up in the mainland, said Xi.
During the seven decades, the mainland and Taiwan reached the 1992 Consensus based on the one-China principle, and the political exchanges across the Strait have reached new heights, Xi said.
Over the 70 years, the basic principles of “peaceful reunification” and “one country, two systems” were established, and the basic policy of upholding “one country, two systems” and advancing the national reunification was laid out, according to Xi.
He continued that more and more countries and peoples have understood and supported the cause of the reunification of China over the 70 years.
Furthermore, over the 70 years, a series of major victories in the battles against “Taiwan independence” and separatists have been achieved, Xi said.
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