Beijing open for 'equal' dialogues with Taipei
Updated: 2014-02-19 01:58
By Zhao Shengnan and Pu Zhendong (China Daily)
Xi Jinping (R), general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, meets with visiting Kuomintang Honorary Chairman Lien Chan in Beijing, Feb 18, 2014. [Xu Jingxing/China Daily]
Beijing respects the social system adopted by Taiwan and is ready to have "equal" talks, Party chief Xi Jinping said on Tuesday as he mapped out his detailed cross-Straits policies for the first time.
Nothing can cut the bond between the mainland and Taiwan, and "we have patience and also confidence" to resolve problems with cross-Straits ties, Xi, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, told Kuomintang Honorary Chairman Lien Chan in Beijing.
Xi also said Beijing welcomed people making efforts to boost the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations, regardless of earlier stances, in a gesture analysts said conveys his message to Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party.
Experts said the mainland's top leader sent a clear signal to Taiwan that Beijing would like to provide enough room for peaceful consultations and development across the Straits by facing up to reality and being open.
The last time Xi met Lien was in February 2013, months after Xi became general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.
Cross-Straits relations have improved significantly since Lien's ice-breaking visit to the mainland in 2005 — which ended a 56-year deadlock — and Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou's taking office in 2008.
But that development mainly focuses on the economic sector, with the mainland being Taiwan's largest trading partner.
"As for the chronic political differences between the mainland and Taiwan, we are willing to conduct equal consultations with Taiwan under the one-China framework, and make reasonable arrangements," Xi said.
"We respect the social system and way of living chosen by Taiwan compatriots, and would also like to share the opportunities brought by the mainland's development with Taiwan compatriots first," he said.