Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Party Chief Hu Jintao on Taiwan Issue
Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, reiterated the stand of unswervingly adhering to the basic principles of "peaceful reunification, one country, two systems" and the eight-point proposal put forth by Chinese President Jiang Zemin in resolving the Taiwan issue and realizing complete reunification ofthe motherland.
Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, reiterated the stand of unswervingly adhering to the basic principles of "peaceful reunification, one country, two systems" and the eight-point proposal put forth by Chinese President Jiang Zemin in resolving the Taiwan issue and realizing complete reunification of the motherland.
Hu spoke at a panel discussion of the Taiwan delegation to the ongoing first session of the 10th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, Tuesday afternoon.
"The solution to the Taiwan issue according to the basic principles of "peaceful reunification, and one country, two systems," is favorable not only for the economic and social development in Taiwan, but also for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation," Hu said.
Hu went on to express four points of opinion on the Taiwan-related work "under the new situation", that is, to always adhere to the "One China" principle, to spare no efforts to promote economic and cultural exchanges across the Taiwan Straits, to further implement the principle of "placing hopes on the Taiwan people", and to unite compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits to jointly push forward the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
"China belongs to the compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits and is their common home," he said. "We hope to settle disputes through dialogue and negotiations, which can be resumed when the Taiwan authorities definitely accept the one-China principle. We are willing to exchange views with all political parties and people from all walks of life in Taiwan."
Hu called for greater efforts for the early realization of direct links across the Straits in trade, air and shipping services and mail services. He urged local governments to earnestly implement the law on the protection of investment from Taiwan and provide better services to Taiwan business people in their business operations on the mainland.
The existing Taiwan-related regulations and policies should also be further improved to effectively safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Taiwan compatriots, he added.
During a panel discussion of congress deputies from East China's Jiangsu Province, President Jiang Zemin pointed out that it was necessary to harmoniously develop both urban and rural areas in different regions in order to build a xiaokang society - one that is well-off in an all-round way.
Jiang said the agricultural sector should get the top priority in China's economic development.
He suggested that Jiangsu Province could advance more quickly towards a well-off society because the province boasted certain geographical advantages, a strong economy and a rich culture.
Jiang said that the province should give full play to its good-quality processing industry and abundant labour resources, and further enhance the global competitiveness of its industries and enterprises.
Li Peng, chairman of the Ninth NPC Standing Committee, yesterday called for faster economic and social growth in South China's Guangdong Province.
Other members of the Political Bureau Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China Central Committee also took part in panel discussions yesterday.