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China’s Xi pledges peaceful ties with Taiwan in meeting

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff writer, with Reuters, BEIJING

The press release also quoted Lien as sharing a number of conceptions on cross-strait relations featured in the political report delivered by Hu at the CCP’s 18th Party Congress in November last year.

“These remarks are true to reality and far-sighted, with which I deeply agree,” Lien was quoted as saying, refereeing to Hu’s call for Taiwan and China to “jointly explore cross-strait political relations and make reasonable arrangements for them under the special condition that the country has yet to be reunified.”

“We should commence exploration and forge consensuses based on this notion, striving to build a [cross-strait] political framework that is balanced, equal and feasible,” Lien was quoted as saying. “These efforts would be extremely conducive to achieving peace and sustainable developments across the Taiwan Strait in the future.”

Experiences accumulated during the more than two decades of cross-strait negotiations have highlighted the fact that disputes lead only to conflicts, idleness and self-consumption, the press release said.

It added that only by assisting each other and achieving integration could both sides establish their mutual interests and expedite the pace of [Chinese] ethnic revitalization.

“The development of cross-strait relations is aimed at improving the people’s well-being and is the common career of the entire [Chinese] ethnic group. It is not carried out for the purpose of serving the interest of a specific political party or for temporary interests, which is something people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait would like to see.”

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