Xi in­vites Tai­wan busi­nesses to join in

China Daily European Weekly - - China News - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Peo­ple from Tai­wan busi­ness cir­cles should firmly up­hold the 1992 Con­sen­sus and op­pose “Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence”, said Xi Jin­ping, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

Xi made the re­mark while meet­ing with Vin­cent Siew, hon­orary chair­man of the Tai­wan­based Cross-Straits Com­mon Mar­ket Foun­da­tion, on the side­lines of the an­nual con­fer­ence of the Boao Fo­rum for Asia in Hainan prov­ince on April 10.

Xi wel­comed Siew and other Tai­wan busi­ness­peo­ple to visit Boao and make joint ef­forts to draw the blue­print for co­op­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment in Asia.

This year marks the 40th an­niver­sary of China’s re­form and open­ing-up pol­icy, and so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics has en­tered a new era, Xi said.

He said the Tai­wan ques­tion is re­lated to the fun­da­men­tal in­ter­ests of the Chi­nese na­tion, and he called on busi­ness­peo­ple from Tai­wan to push for the peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of cross-Straits re­la­tions.

Peo­ple across the Straits are like fam­ily mem­bers, and the main­land would like to share de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties with Tai­wan peo­ple, Xi said.

Xi called for joint ef­forts by those across the Straits to deepen eco­nomic and cul­tural ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion, which will ben­e­fit the peo­ple and en­ter­prises from Tai­wan.

He said that he hoped com­pa­tri­ots across the Straits would shoul­der their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, push the peace­ful uni­fi­ca­tion process and ful­fill the Chi­nese dream of na­tional re­ju­ve­na­tion.

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