A road map for peaceful reunification

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/1/2 21:18:40

Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed on Wednesday that China must be and will be reunified. He called for "one country, two systems" in Taiwan and enrichment of the reunification process.

Xi made the milestone remarks at a gathering to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan." Xi's words put forward a systematic road map for peaceful reunification, including innovative suggestions and specific arrangements in five major aspects.

At the end of 2018, US President Donald Trump signed the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018 which aims to elevate mutual visits between Washington and the island. At the beginning of 2019, Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen delivered a proposition similar to "one country on each side." But they were only pursuing short-term personal and party political interests.

Taiwan's situation is complicated. The Chinese mainland has dominance and initiative over it. The US and Taiwan are upgrading their so-called relationship and Taiwan authorities are making radical statements. But on the other hand, the Chinese mainland is implementing policies to promote reunification. People will understand the future of the Taiwan Straits only after knowing the general trend.

Xi said that the Taiwan question originated from national weakness, and will definitely end with national rejuvenation. Indeed, cross-Straits reunification is the trend of history that can never be blocked.

If the Chinese mainland was determined to resort to force, the Taiwan question would have ended long ago. Peaceful reunification is based on goodwill, and it has turned into solid confidence and specific policies as the Chinese mainland strengthens its power. Today peaceful reunification is already on its way.

Peaceful reunification makes "Taiwan independence" impossible, not to mention that the Chinese mainland could resolve the Taiwan question in hours with the use of force. "Taiwan independence" is losing attraction for most Taiwan people as it is costing more money. It has become an extreme game that only caters to Taiwan's political system.

Peaceful reunification is unstoppable. Taiwan authorities used to decide how to handle the Chinese mainland. But today, Taiwan's county and city governments can improve their ties with the mainland, and Taiwan's enterprises can develop in the mainland. People-to-people exchanges across the Taiwan Straits greatly advanced in 2018.

Taiwan people are Chinese people. Huge realistic interests will reinforce such an understanding. It's hard for those who oppose peaceful reunification to deceive people and maintain power in the long run.

Instead of an arduous struggle, peaceful reunification is a natural and unstoppable result of the Chinese nation's great rejuvenation. Peaceful reunification was a new route when first proposed by the mainland 40 years ago. Today it is a realistic prospect.

Xi's remarks may shock Taiwan authorities' fragile mentality. But Taiwan should face these frank words at the crucial historical juncture, not escape from reality.

Taiwan will be keeping up with the tide of history when "Taiwan independence" is abandoned by Taiwan's mainstream politics. That day will come very soon.

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