Highlights of Xi's speech on 40th anniversary of 'Message to Compatriots in Taiwan'
Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday delivered a keynote speech at a gathering commemorating the 40th anniversary of the "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan" at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday.
Xi reviewed the history of cross-Strait relations over the past 70 years, stressing the fact that Taiwan is part of China and the mainland and Taiwan belong to one China can never be changed by any forces.
He outlined five points of promoting peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and advancing the peaceful reunification of China.
Xi said people living in the mainland and Taiwan share one Chinese dream and that a strong and prosperous China will bring well-being to both sides.
Realizing the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and reunification is the historical trend, he said, stressing that realizing the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is shared by all Chinese, and Taiwan compatriots cannot be left out of the process.
Xi said it is important to promote the recognition of peaceful reunification among people on both sides.
He said people from both sides of the Strait share the same roots and culture, and there's no knot that cannot be untied. Through time and effort, Xi added, people on both sides can surely bring about more common understanding.
On New Year's Day of 1979, the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC) issued the "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan", stating major policies to realize peaceful reunification of China.
The message marks the beginning of a new historical period in the theory and practice of resolving issues relevant to Taiwan, and a new chapter in the development of cross-Strait relations.