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Xi-Ma meeting ushers revival of Chinese nation

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

11-10-2015 11:56 BJT

By Gu Jianjun, post doctorate of Central Compilation and Translation Bureau

The remarkable Xi-Ma meeting was held at the Shangri-La Hotel,  Singapore on Nov.7, marking the first face-to-face gathering between the two leaders across the Taiwan Straits since 1949.

 

Compatriots still connected by flesh even if bones are broken

Reviewing the 66-year history of cross-Straits relations, Xi Jinping said "we are brothers who are still connected by our flesh even if our bones are broken and no force can pull us apart as one family." Blood is thicker than water. Both leaders exchanged views on cross-Straits relations and peaceful development to reach a consensus on mutual respect.

Peace as treasure for Taiwan and mainland China

Peaceful reunification is the common aspiration for compatriots across the Straits. Relations have moved forward on the road of peaceful development since 2008, achieving fruitful results.

Ma said Taiwan and mainland China have developed under different systems in the past 66 years, shifting from military confrontation to cooperation and exchanges, which cannot be realized in one day. Over the past seven years, the two sides have signed 23 agreements, with over 40,000 students exchanging across the Straits, over 8 million cross-Straits tourists annually and annual trade volume worth valued at over 170 billion U.S. Dollars.

"We are sitting together today to prevent the historical tragedy from repeating itself, prevent the fruits from peaceful development of cross-Straits ties from being lost again, enable compatriots across the Straits to continue to create a peaceful life, and enable our next generations to share a bright future," Xi said.

1992 Consensus is key stand

Taiwan independence forces are the largest threat hampering the peaceful development of relations. Xi and Ma emphasized adhering to the 1992 Consensus and reiterated that mainland China and Taiwan belong to one country, which will never change.

Xi hopes the two sides could also consolidate common political foundations, stick to the path of peaceful development, and maintain the right direction for ties. The 1992 Consensus with the endorsement of the one-China principle are the political foundations for advancing cross-Straits ties to maintain the peaceful status quo, Ma said.

Two sides should join hands to revitalize Chinese nation

The two sides should cooperate on the revival of the Chinese nation, as both sides all have Chinese descendants. The meeting hailed as a "historic page" laid a good foundation for compatriots to work together on the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. As the community of common destiny, the two sides should reduce hostilities and resolve disputes through peaceful means, while expanding exchanges for win-win outcomes.

 

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