Road map to re­uni­fi­ca­tion now clear

China Daily - - COMMENT -

Ed­i­tor’s note: China must be and will be re­united, said Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping at a gath­er­ing in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day to com­mem­o­rate the 40th an­niver­sary of the Mes­sage to Com­pa­tri­ots in Tai­wan. Xi­akedao, a WeChat ac­count af­fil­i­ated to the Peo­ple’s Daily, com­ments on Thurs­day:

Xi’s re­marks at the meet­ing were in­for­ma­tive. He stressed “peace­ful re­uni­fi­ca­tion” and “one coun­try, two sys­tems”, and did not men­tion the 1992 Con­sen­sus as of­ten as be­fore.

Which demon­strates Bei­jing’s con­fi­dence that it has taken the ini­tia­tive in cross-Straits re­la­tions, and its fo­cus has shifted from the strug­gle against se­ces­sion­ists to striv­ing for re­uni­fi­ca­tion.

If the 1992 Con­sen­sus — both sides agree they be­long to one China — re­flects the bot­tom line, the “peace­ful re­uni­fi­ca­tion” and “one coun­try, two sys­tems” rep­re­sent a prac­ti­cal road map for the fu­ture.

Tai­wan is a core na­tional in­ter­est, and its re­uni­fi­ca­tion with the moth­er­land must not be post­poned in­def­i­nitely, and po­lit­i­cal di­ver­gences be­tween the two sides, a root cause af­fect­ing cross-Straits ties, should not be passed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.

Bei­jing is ex­pected to cus­tom­ize its “two sys­tems” plan to suit Tai­wan’s prac­ti­cal con­di­tions so as to win more recog­ni­tion from the peo­ple on the is­land.

Also, Xi has made it clear that Chi­nese peo­ple do not fight with Chi­nese peo­ple, and Bei­jing’s re­serv­ing of its rights of us­ing forces tar­gets the se­ces­sion­ists and their ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as those ex­ter­nal pow­ers try­ing to hin­der China’s peace­ful re­uni­fi­ca­tion, but not the com­pa­tri­ots in Tai­wan.

De­spite her pre­dictable re­sponse, Tsai Ing-wen, the is­land’s leader, should be clear­headed that Bei­jing’s re­solve for na­tional re­uni­fi­ca­tion is in­de­pen­dent of her will and any ex­ter­nal power’s in­ter­ven­tion, and her bravado will only spur Bei­jing’s re­solve to solve the Tai­wan ques­tion as planned.

The na­tional re­uni­fi­ca­tion is a his­tor­i­cal trend that no power can hin­der. The way ahead might not be smooth. That’s why the Chi­nese main­land and all pro-re­uni­fi­ca­tion par­ties must bear a big pic­ture in mind, and demon­strate enough strate­gic pa­tience and stamina while deal­ing with the Tai­wan ques­tion.

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