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  10 Aug 2022, 11:13
Update : 10 Aug 2022, 17:07

China releases white paper on Taiwan question, reunification in new era

BEIJING, Aug. 10, 2022 (BSS/Xinhua) - The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State
Council and the State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of
China published a white paper titled "The Taiwan Question and China's
Reunification in the New Era" on Wednesday.

 The white paper was released to reiterate the fact that Taiwan is part of
China, to demonstrate the resolve of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and
the Chinese people and their commitment to national reunification, and to
emphasize the position and policies of the CPC and the Chinese government in
the new era.

 Taiwan has belonged to China since ancient times. This statement has a sound
basis in history and jurisprudence, according to the white paper.

The UN General Assembly Resolution 2758 is a political document encapsulating
the one-China principle whose legal authority leaves no room for doubt and
has been acknowledged worldwide, says the white paper.

The one-China principle represents the universal consensus of the
international community; it is consistent with the basic norms of
international relations, says the white paper. "We are one China, and Taiwan
is part of China. This is an indisputable fact supported by history and the
law. Taiwan has never been a state; its status as part of China is
unalterable," says the white paper.

The CPC is committed to the historic mission of resolving the Taiwan question
and realizing China's complete reunification. Under its resolute leadership,
people on both sides of the Taiwan Straits have worked together to de-
escalate tension across the Straits.

They have set out on a path of peaceful development and made many
breakthroughs in improving cross-Straits relations, according to the white
paper. Under the guidance of the CPC, great progress has been made in cross-
Straits relations over the past seven decades, especially since the
estrangement between the two sides was ended. Increased exchanges, broader
cooperation and closer interactions have brought tangible benefits to people
across the Straits, especially of Taiwan.

This fully demonstrates that cross-Straits amity and cooperation are mutually
beneficial, says the white paper. "The realization of complete national
reunification is driven by the history and culture of the Chinese nation and
determined by the momentum towards and circumstances surrounding our national
rejuvenation.

Never before have we been so close to, confident in, and capable of achieving
the goal of national rejuvenation. The same is true when it comes to our goal
of complete national reunification," says the white paper. China's
development and progress -- in particular, the great achievements over four
decades of reform, opening up and modernization -- have had a profound impact
on the historical process of resolving the Taiwan question and realizing
complete national reunification, according to the white paper.

The actions of the Democratic Progressive Party authorities have resulted in
tension in cross-Straits relations, endangering peace and stability in the
Taiwan Straits, and undermining the prospects and restricting the space for
peaceful reunification. These are obstacles that must be removed in advancing
the process of peaceful reunification, says the white paper.
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External forces have encouraged and instigated provocative actions by the
separatist forces; these have intensified cross-Straits tension and
confrontation, and undermined peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
This runs counter to the underlying global trends of peace, development and
win-win cooperation, and goes against the wishes of the international
community and the aspiration of all peoples, says the white paper.

Relying on external forces will achieve nothing for Taiwan's separatists, and
using Taiwan to contain China is doomed to fail. The wheel of history rolls
on towards national reunification, and it will not be stopped by any
individual or any force, says the white paper.

Peaceful reunification and "one country, two systems" are our basic
principles for resolving the Taiwan question and the best approach to
realizing national reunification. Embodying the Chinese wisdom -- we thrive
by embracing each other -- they take full account of Taiwan's realities and
are conducive to long-term stability in Taiwan after reunification, according
to the white paper.

 "To realize peaceful reunification, we must acknowledge that the mainland
and Taiwan have their own distinct social systems and ideologies. The 'one
country, two systems' principle is the most inclusive solution to this
problem. It is an approach that is grounded in democratic principles,
demonstrates good will, seeks peaceful resolution of the Taiwan question, and
delivers mutual benefit.

The differences in social system are neither an obstacle to reunification nor
a justification for secessionism," says the white paper. "We are ready to
create vast space for peaceful reunification; but we will leave no room for
separatist activities in any form," it says. "We will work with the greatest
sincerity and exert our utmost efforts to achieve peaceful reunification.

But we will not renounce the use of force, and we reserve the option of
taking all necessary measures. This is to guard against external interference
and all separatist activities. In no way does it target our fellow Chinese in
Taiwan. Use of force would be the last resort taken under compelling
circumstances," it adds.

The future of Taiwan lies in China's reunification, and the wellbeing of the
people in Taiwan hinges on the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. "We will
join hands with our fellow Chinese in Taiwan to strive for national
reunification and rejuvenation," says the white paper.

 Once peaceful reunification is achieved under "one country, two systems," it
will lay new foundations for China to make further progress and achieve
national rejuvenation. At the same time, it will create huge opportunities
for social and economic development in Taiwan and bring tangible benefits to
the people of Taiwan, it says.

Peaceful cross-Straits reunification is of benefit not only to the Chinese
nation, but to all peoples and the international community as a whole, says
the white paper.

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