No re­uni­fi­ca­tion, no fu­ture, ex-KMT chair says

China Daily - - CHINA - By ZHANG YANGFEI zhangyangf­ei@chi­nadaily.com.cn Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

Tai­wan has no fu­ture with­out na­tional re­uni­fi­ca­tion, Hung Hsi­uchu, for­mer chair­woman of the Kuom­intang party said on Wed­nes­day, re­spond­ing to Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s ad­dress mark­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of the Mes­sage to Com­pa­tri­ots in Tai­wan.

“Pres­i­dent Xi’s speech was com­pre­hen­sive, com­plete and very spe­cific. I have to men­tion, in par­tic­u­lar, that the re­uni­fi­ca­tion of the two sides is im­per­a­tive and nec­es­sary,” she said in an in­ter­view aired by China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion on Thurs­day.

Hung said Tai­wan can­not ig­nore the his­tor­i­cal trend of achiev­ing na­tional re­ju­ve­na­tion and that Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence is “com­pletely im­pos­si­ble” and can only lead to a dead end.

“If you in­sist on tak­ing this road, it will drag Tai­wan back into the flames of war,” she said, adding that it would put Tai­wan in a des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion, which is some­thing that sim­ply can­not be done.

Xi, who is also gen­eral se­creXi tary of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, spoke at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple on Wed­nes­day to com­mem­o­rate the 40th an­niver­sary of the Mes­sage to Com­pa­tri­ots in Tai­wan, first is­sued in 1979 by the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress Stand­ing Com­mit­tee, which called for peace­ful re­uni­fi­ca­tion.

raised a five-point pro­posal for peace­ful re­uni­fi­ca­tion, in­clud­ing con­duct­ing ex­ten­sive, in-depth demo­cratic con­sul­ta­tions on crossS­traits re­la­tions and the fu­ture of the na­tion, and es­tab­lish­ing an in­sti­tu­tional ar­range­ment for peace­ful devel­op­ment of crossS­traits re­la­tions.

Liu Jieyi, head of the Tai­wan Work Of­fice of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and the State Coun­cil Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice, said Xi’s speech will unite all Chi­nese peo­ple, in­clud­ing Tai­wan com­pa­tri­ots, in work­ing to­gether to re­al­ize the peace­ful devel­op­ment of cross-Straits re­la­tions, na­tional re­ju­ve­na­tion and peace­ful re­uni­fi­ca­tion with the moth­er­land.

The pro­posal, he said, helps set the di­rec­tion, ba­sic strate­gies and main tasks of fu­ture work on Tai­wan af­fairs, which will also give Tai­wan com­pa­tri­ots a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing that the fu­ture of Tai­wan lies in re­uni­fi­ca­tion.

Liu pledged the main­land’s sin­cer­ity in want­ing to help the peo­ple of Tai­wan, par­tic­u­larly young­sters, pur­sue their dreams on the main­land, and he stressed Bei­jing’s de­ter­mi­na­tion and abil­ity to safe­guard na­tional sovereignt­y and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity.

“We be­lieve the Chi­nese peo­ple’s cause of op­pos­ing Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence and fa­vor­ing na­tional re­uni­fi­ca­tion will re­ceive more un­der­stand­ing and sup­port from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity,” he said.

Xi’s speech was widely ap­plauded by overseas Chi­nese who be­lieve it is of great sig­nif­i­cance to de­velop cross-Straits re­la­tions in the new era.

Zhu Liang­wei, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the UK Chi­nese As­so­ci­a­tion for the Pro­mo­tion of Na­tional Re­uni­fi­ca­tion, said Xi’s speech was in­for­ma­tive, pow­er­ful and pas­sion­ate and had far-reach­ing in­flu­ence on fu­ture prospects.

Li Zhuo­hui, ed­i­tor-in-chief of Har­ian Xin Bao In­done­sia, said Xi’s speech car­ried a mes­sage of sin­cer­ity and kind­ness, and pro­vided a fea­si­ble so­lu­tion that pro­motes har­mony across the Tai­wan Straits.

We be­lieve … na­tional re­uni­fi­ca­tion will re­ceive more un­der­stand­ing and sup­port from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.”

Liu Jieyi, head of the Tai­wan Work Of­fice of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and the State Coun­cil Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice

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