Xi Jinping, president of the People’s Republic of China and leader of the Communist Party of China (CCP), in a letter published on Sunday, congratulated Eric Chu’s new head of the opposition party in Taiwan, the Kuomintang (KMT) party on Sunday. He also called for “national reunification”.
“For some time, our parties maintained positive interaction under the 1992 consensus [w myśl którego Tajwan i ChRL uznaje się za “jedne Chiny”, ale w różny sposób intepretowane – przyp. red.] and opposed the independence of Taiwan, strengthened cooperation, acted in accordance with the wishes of their compatriots on both sides of the strait, promoted the peaceful development of relations in the Taiwan Strait. All this brought happiness and fruit to my countrymen [tej dynamiki – red.] they were obvious to everyone “, you can read in Xi’s congratulatory letter, which referred to the period of the last Kuomintang rule in 2008-2016.
“At present, the situation in the Taiwan Strait is threatening and complicated. All sons and daughters of China must face difficulties together and move forward together,” added Xi, expressing the hope that the CCP and the KMT would “work towards the unification of the country and the renewal of the nation.”
Chu the winner of the election
On Saturday evening in Taiwan the election of the president of the Kuomintang ended. Eric Chu, the former mayor of New Taipei, who already served as party leader in 2015-2016 and resigned after losing the presidential election, with Caj Ing-wen, who currently holds the highest office in Taiwan, became it. In Saturday’s post-election speech, Chu pointed to the need to resume the Taiwanese-Chinese dialogue.
In response to the letter from the CCP leader, Chairman Chu thanked Xi and criticized Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party for its attitude, which he believed led to the escalation of the conflict between Taiwan and the PRC and to unrest in the Taiwan Strait.
“The inhabitants of both sides of the Taiwan Strait are descendants of Yandi and Huangdi [mitycznych cesarzy Chin – red.]; We deeply hope that in the future both our parties will be able to, based on the 1992 agreement and oppose the independence of Taiwan, jointly and respecting mutual differences, to work for mutual trust and integration, strengthen contacts and cooperation, and be able to contribute to peaceful development of relations in the Taiwan Strait, “wrote Chu in his letter.
The Taiwan Government Council for Continental Affairs (MAC) criticized Chu’s statement, pointing out that he should take into account the mainstream public opinion in Taiwan and not ignore the facts, and not share the views of the party that has repeatedly been responsible for tensions and acts of aggression in the Strait Taiwan. According to a poll by the Chengchi National University’s Election Research Center in 2020, only one percent of Taiwan’s population was in favor of immediate reunification with the PRC.
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