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Tuesday, May 30, 2000, updated at 10:35(GMT+8)

Ten Major Benefits of Peaceful Reunification

Our Daily Tuesday publishes a signed article deliberating on 10 major benefits of a peaceful reunification of China.

Chen Kongli, the author of the article, wrote the 10 major benefits as follows:

First, Chinese compatriots living on the two sides of the Taiwan Straits will enjoy emotional harmony. If a war breaks out between the two sides, the people of the two sides will be the mostly affected, the article says.

Second, the people of the two sides will enjoy safety, stability and peace. The people living in Taiwan will no longer worry about wars and instability.

Without peaceful reunification, the status of Taiwan is not stable and any separatist words and activities might lead to wars, the article warns.

Third, after peaceful reunification, Taiwan compatriots will enjoy, together with their compatriots living on the mainland, the reputation and dignity of China as a big power in the world.

While enjoying a high degree of autonomy, Taiwan people will also take seat in the National People's Congress, the parliament, and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the top advisory body, and enter the central government as leading members, the article says.

Fourth, the two sides will enjoy economic cooperation beneficial and complementary to each other, while the two sides of the Straits as well as Hong Kong and Macao could be turned into a mammoth economic entity in East Asia, the article says.

Fifth, the legal rights of the Chinese people across the Straits will be better protected in personnel exchanges, working, investment, trade, schooling and marriage.

After reunification, China will make laws that can better protect the interests of compatriots from the two sides.

Sixth, a unified China will become an unprecedented power with an increasingly enhanced international status. When China achieves reunification, it will establish diplomatic ties with almost all countries and regions and participate with almost all international organizations in the world, the article says.

Taiwan people will have an even larger space in the international arena. And Taiwan people can, with suitable status, join international organizations and the Chinese delegation to the United Nations.

Taiwan has suffered from a so-called issue of "international space," but it is not a result of the pressure from the mainland but a result of the worldwide recognition on the One-China principle, the article says.

Seventh, a peaceful reunification will save a huge amount of money being used for defense purposes for the both sides. The article further suggests that the military forces of the two sides can be mutually complementary and join hands in defending the motherland.

It will be beneficial to the welfare of the Taiwan people if the island could save part of its annual defense expenditure by more than 10 billion US dollars, the articles says.

Eighth, the two sides are mutually complementary in the field of science and technology. A unified China could help the mainland implement its strategy of developing science and technology and Taiwan could launch its "science island" program.

Ninth, after peaceful reunification, there will be no longer any block for exchanges between the two sides, which will be of great importance in rejuvenating the Chinese nation, the article says.

Finally, the article believes that a unified China will greatly contribute to peace and stability in the Asian-Pacific Region.

The article emphasizes the huge financial benefits brought about by the peaceful reunification of China as well as the unlimited potential for future cooperation between the two sides in politics, international relations, and culture and education.

It quotes late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping as once saying, "We should jointly strive for the reunification of the motherland and the rejuvenation of the Nation."

Taiwan people should make their proposals on the benefits they want from the peaceful reunification of the motherland. Any rational proposal will be negotiable under the One-China principle, the article says, echoing the Chinese government's stance on the issue.

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Our Daily Tuesday publishes a signed article deliberating on 10 major benefits of a peaceful reunification of China.

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