Taiwan reunification with China ‘inevitable: Xi

Taiwan reunification with China ‘inevitable: Xi

No one or no party can stop the trend toward unification, the Chinese leader said in a speech devoted to Taiwan, calling independence for the self-governing island against history and a dead-end.

"The political disputes that have existed for a long time. affect the healthy and continuous development of the cross-strait relationship and can not be passed from generation to generation", he said.

"The problem of Taiwan existed because the Chinese nation was weak and in chaos, but it will end along with national rejuvenation".

All people in Taiwan must "clearly recognise that Taiwan independence would only bring profound disaster to Taiwan", Xi said.

The Chinese president has been "haunted" by the failure of past policies to bring Taiwan into the fold, said Wuer Kaixi, a former student leader during Tiananmen Square protests who lives in Taiwan and has been active in politics there. Nationalist forces under Chiang Kai-shek fled to Taiwan in December 1949 after losing a civil war to the Communists. His words were a "memo" to Taiwan - and the United States - that "China is considering unification the destiny of cross-straits relations".

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However, the Message to Compatriots, issued 40 years ago, declared an end to artillery bombardment of Taiwan-controlled island, and since then informal China-Taiwan contacts resumed.

"We are willing to sit down and talk, but as a democratic nation all political negotiations relating to cross-strait relations must be undertaken with the authorization and supervision of the people of Taiwan and must proceed across the strait under the government-to-government model", Tsai said.

Also this week, US President Donald Trump signed into law legislation to bolster Washington's ties with Taipei.

However, he also warned that China reserved the right to use force.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Taiwan must be unified with the mainland to achieve his goal of completing the country's rejuvenation.

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"The introduction of one country, two systems is originally for taking care of the conditions of Taiwan and protecting the interests and benefits of Taiwan compatriots", he said. The majority of Taiwan's public opinion resolutely opposes the "one country, two systems", she added.

Xi added that the mainland welcomed exchanges with all political parties and organisations in Taiwan based on the one-China principle and the 1992 consensus - an agreement reached by both sides that there is only one China but each side can have its own interpretation of what that means.

China, meanwhile, has sought to isolate Taiwan under Ms. Tsai, freezing official cross-straits communication, increasing military exercises around the region and persuading a series of diplomatic allies to cut ties with Taipei.

But it has also made it easier for Taiwanese people to work and do business on the mainland. Today, more than 30 per cent of Taiwan's trade is with China, while some Taiwanese young people have moved to the mainland to seize professional opportunity in the world's second-largest economy.

"It's a legal fact that both sides of the Strait belong to one China, and can not be changed by anyone or any force", Mr Xi said.

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