Date
18 December 2017
President Xi Jinping greets members of a Taiwanese pro-reunification delegation. Xi said China's stand on the Taiwan question is non-negotiable. Photo: udn.com
President Xi Jinping greets members of a Taiwanese pro-reunification delegation. Xi said China's stand on the Taiwan question is non-negotiable. Photo: udn.com

Xi tests Taiwan waters with ‘one country, two systems’

President Xi Jinping for the first time mentioned “one country, two systems” as a means toward reunification with Taiwan, Taiwan news website udn.com reported Friday.

In a meeting with a visiting pro-reunification group, Xi said peaceful unification of the cross-strait rivals under the governing principle coined by the late patriarch Deng Xiaoping is the solution to the Taiwan issue.

He said Beijing has a firm stance on the issue and “will never change or compromise”.

It was the first time Xi mentioned “one country, two systems” to resolve Beijing’s political standoff with Taipei since he came to power in 2012.

Beijing considers Taiwan a renegade province after nationalists established a separate government on the island following the 1949 communist takeover of the mainland.

Deng proposed “one country, two systems” during talks in the 1980s on Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty. The doctrine promises the former British colony a high degree of autonomy for 50 years after the 1997 handover.

Xi said China will block “any path toward splitting up the country”.

He said pro-independence forces are promoting hostile confrontation between the two sides and are the biggest threat to the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

The Taiwan delegation is on a six-day visit which began on Wednesday. They will visit Beijing and Nanjing at the invitation of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party Central Committee.

The delegates include representatives from more than 20 groups including the New Party, New Alliance Association, the Alliance for the Reunification of China, the Labor Party of Taiwan and the Chinatide Association.

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