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UPDATED: 18:16, August 22, 2004
Hu pledges to stick to "one country, two systems" policy
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Chinese President Hu Jintao said Sunday the Central Government will stick to the "one country, two systems" policy and seek the reunification of the motherland.

"We will continue to implement the policy of 'one country, two systems,' 'Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong' and 'Macao people governing Macao,' act strictly in accordance with the basic laws of the two special administrative regions (SAR), support the SAR governments to administer according to law so as to maintain the long-term prosperity and stability in Hong Kong and Macao," Hu said at a grand gathering here to mark the birth centenary of late leader Deng Xiaoping.

"We will continue to carry out the basic policy of 'peaceful reunification,' 'one country, two systems' and the eight-point proposal on developing the current cross-Straits relations and promoting the peaceful reunification of the motherland in an effort to increase personnel, economic and cultural exchanges across the Taiwan Straits and lift cross-Straits economic cooperation up to a new level."

The President called for extensive solidarity of the Chinese people, including Taiwan compatriots, to oppose and hold back "Taiwan independence" elements and firmly safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"We are ready to strive for the prospects of peaceful reunification with our utmost sincerity and utmost efforts, but weare also fully determined and capable of smashing any scheme to separate Taiwan from China," he said.

Source: Xinhua

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