China releases a white paper on Taiwan question, reunification in new era

The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council and the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of
China releases a white paper titled “The Taiwan Question and China’s Reunification in the New Era” on Wednesday.

China releases a white paper on Taiwan question, reunification in new era

China releases a white paper on the Taiwan question, to demonstrate the resolve of the Communist Party of China (CPC) andthe Chinese people and their commitment to national reunification, and to emphasize the position and policies of the CPC and the Chinese government in the new era.

Taiwan has belonged to China since ancient times. This statement has a soundbasis in history and jurisprudence, according to the white paper.

The UN General Assembly Resolution 2758 is a political document encapsulatingthe one-China principle whose legal authority leaves no room for doubt and has been acknowledged worldwide, says the white paper.

The one-China principle represents the universal consensus of the international community; it is consistent with the basic norms of international relations, says the white paper. “We are one China, and Taiwan is part of China. This is an indisputable fact supported by history and thelaw. Taiwan has never been a state; its status as part of China is
unalterable,” says the white paper.

China releases a white paper on Taiwan question, reunification in new era

The CPC is committed to the historic mission of resolving the Taiwan question and realizing China’s complete reunification. Under its resolute leadership,people on both sides of the Taiwan Straits have worked together to de-
escalate tension across the Straits.

They have set out on a path of peaceful development and made manybreakthroughs in improving cross-Straits relations, according to the whitepaper. Under the guidance of the CPC, great progress has been made in cross-
Straits relations over the past seven decades, especially since theestrangement between the two sides was ended. Increased exchanges, broadercooperation, and closer interactions have brought tangible benefits to people
across the Straits, especially in Taiwan.

This fully demonstrates that cross-Straits amity and cooperation are mutually beneficial, says the white paper. “The realization of complete nationalreunification is driven by the history and culture of the Chinese nation and
determined by the momentum towards and circumstances surrounding our nationalrejuvenation.

Never before have we been so close to, confident in, and capable of achievingthe goal of national rejuvenation. The same is true when it comes to our goalof complete national reunification,” says the white paper. China’sdevelopment and progress — in particular, the great achievements over fourdecades of reform, opening up and modernization — have had a profound impact on the historical process of resolving the Taiwan question and realizingcomplete national reunification, according to the white paper.

The actions of the Democratic Progressive Party authorities have resulted in tension in cross-Straits relations, endangering peace and stability in theTaiwan Straits, undermining the prospects, and restricting the space for
peaceful reunification. These are obstacles that must be removed in advancing the process of peaceful reunification, says the white paper.

China releases a white paper on Taiwan question, reunification in new era
External forces have encouraged and instigated provocative actions by theseparatist forces; these have intensified cross-Straits tension andconfrontation, and undermined peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. This runs counter to the underlying global trends of peace, development andwin-win cooperation, and goes against the wishes of the internationalcommunity and the aspiration of all peoples, says the white paper.

Relying on external forces will achieve nothing for Taiwan’s separatists, andusing Taiwan to contain China is doomed to fail. The wheel of history rollson towards national reunification, and it will not be stopped by any individual or any force, says the white paper.

Peaceful reunification and “one country, two systems” are our basicprinciples for resolving the Taiwan question and the best approach torealizing national reunification. Embodying the Chinese wisdom — we thriveby embracing each other — they take full account of Taiwan’s realities and are conducive to long-term stability in Taiwan after reunification, according to the white paper.

“To realize peaceful reunification, we must acknowledge that the mainlandand Taiwan have their own distinct social systems and ideologies. The ‘onecountry, two systems’ principle is the most inclusive solution to thisproblem. It is an approach that is grounded in democratic principles, demonstrates goodwill, seeks peaceful resolution of the Taiwan question, anddelivers mutual benefit.

The differences in social system are neither an obstacle to reunification Nora justification for secessionism,” says the white paper. “We are ready tocreate vast space for peaceful reunification; but we will leave no room forseparatist activities in any form,” it says. “We will work with the greatestsincerity and exert our utmost efforts to achieve peaceful reunification.

But we will not renounce the use of force, and we reserve the option of taking all necessary measures. This is to guard against external interferenceand all separatist activities. In no way does it target our fellow Chinese in Taiwan. Use of force would be the last resort taken under compellingcircumstances,” it adds.

The future of Taiwan lies in China’s reunification, and the well-being of the people in Taiwan hinges on the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. “We will join hands with our fellow Chinese in Taiwan to strive for national
reunification and rejuvenation,” says the white paper.

China releases a white paper on Taiwan question, reunification in new era

Once peaceful reunification is achieved under “one country, two systems,” it will lay new foundations for China to make further progress and achievenational rejuvenation. At the same time, it will create huge opportunitiesfor social and economic development in Taiwan and bring tangible benefits tothe people of Taiwan, it says.

Peaceful cross-Straits reunification is of benefit not only to the Chinesenation, but to all peoples and the international community as a whole, saysthe white paper.

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