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President Hu calls for peaceful reunification of China
Chinese President Hu Jintao on Sunday called for the peaceful
reunification of China, which he said best serves the fundamental
interests of all Chinese, including Taiwan compatriots.
Hu made the remarks at a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary
of China's 1911 Revolution, or the Xinhai Revolution.
Efforts are needed to strengthen the political common ground
of opposing "Taiwan independence" and upholding the
1992 Consensus, he said.
"We should...end cross-Straits antagonisms, heal wounds
of the past and work together to achieve the great rejuvenation
of the Chinese nation," he added.
Rejuvenating China, which was the cherished goal of Dr. Sun
Yat-sen and other pioneers of the Revolution of 1911, should
be the common aspiration of all compatriots on both sides of
the Taiwan Strait, Hu said.
The 1911 Revolution, which began on Oct. 10, 1911, with an armed
uprising, ended 2,000 years of imperial rule by toppling the
Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and resulting in a republican government,
the first in Asia.
In his speech on Sunday, Hu quoted Dr. Sun Yat-sen as saying "Unification
is the hope of all Chinese people. If unification is achieved,
the people will enjoy a happy life; if it is not, the people
"Achieving reunification by peaceful means best serves
the fundamental interests of all Chinese, including our Taiwan
compatriots," Hu said.
Hu also called for efforts to promote cross-Strait exchanges
and cooperation, share in the benefit of peaceful development
of cross-Strait relations, increase the economic competitiveness
of both sides of the Taiwan Strait, carry forward the fine traditions
of the Chinese culture, enhance the sense of a common national
identity, and constantly resolve problems on the way ahead.
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