Stay vig­i­lant over Tai­wan sep­a­ratists, build ties: Xi

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im­proved markedly since the party re­gained the lead­er­ship of Tai­wan in 2008. But its poor elec­toral show­ing last year has made the main op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party, which is pro-in­de­pen­dence, a strong con­tender in the 2016 “pres­i­den­tial” elec­tion.

Xi un­der­scored the land­mark 1992 Con­sen­sus be­tween the is­land and the Chi­nese main­land, say­ing no ob­sta­cle ex­ists to ex­changes be­tween any po­lit­i­cal par­ties and groups in Tai­wan and the main­land as long as there is shared con­sen­sus that the main­land and Tai­wan be­long to one and same China.

Ni Yongjie, deputy direc­tor of the Shang­hai In­sti­tute of Tai­wan Stud­ies, said Xi has ar­tic­u­lated Bei­jing’s cross-Straits pol­icy at a sen­si­tive time, and also the great im­por­tance the lead­er­ship at­taches to the ties, and the dam­age caused by proin­de­pen­dence forces.

The pres­i­dent, who spent more than a decade work­ing in Fu­jian prov­ince, which lies across the Straits from Tai­wan, said the main­land is com­mit­ted to a peace­ful cross-Straits pol­icy and to bring­ing benefits to peo­ple on both sides of the wa­ter­way.

“We are will­ing to learn Tai­wan com­pa­tri­ots’ thoughts and needs. ... The main­land’s devel­op­ment will gen­er­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties, and we would like to let Tai­wan com­pa­tri­ots share the op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

Xi said the key fac­tor de­cid­ing the di­rec­tion of cross-Straits ties is the main­land’s devel­op­ment and progress.

The main­land is the is­land’s largest trad­ing part­ner, with two-way trade reach­ing $198.31 bil­lion last year, a year-on-year in­crease of 0.6 per­cent.

Yang Jian, a na­tional po­lit­i­cal ad­viser and vice-chair­man of the Tai­wan Demo­cratic Self­Gov­ern­ment League, called for in­creased ex­changes be­tween the main­land and “third forces” whose in­flu­ence has been in­creas­ing.

Ji Bin, deputy head of the All-China Fed­er­a­tion of Tai­wan Com­pa­tri­ots, sug­gested that young peo­ple from Tai­wan should be en­cour­aged to start busi­nesses on the main­land.

Ji, who is also a na­tional po­lit­i­cal ad­viser, said that peo­ple from Tai­wan who have worked or lived on the main­land for a long time should be treated in the same way as those who were born and raised on the main­land.

Ob­servers said more Tai­wan peo­ple want to work on the main­land, but they feel they would face dif­fi­cul­ties in med­i­cal care and their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion.


From right: Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang and Na­tional Peo­ple's Congress Stand­ing Com­mit­tee Chair­man Zhang De­jiang at­tend the open­ing meet­ing of the third ses­sion of the 12th Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence Na­tional Com­mit­tee at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing on Tues­day.

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