Chinese President Jiang Zemin urged the
Taiwan authorities to put national interests first and
"respond to our serious call for negotiations between
the (Taiwan) straits under the principle of 'one China' at
an early date".
At a new year tea party
of January 1 sponsored by the National Committee of the
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Jiang,
also General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party
Central Committee, said that it represents the common
aspiration of all Chinese to realize complete reunification
of the motherland.
"Macao will return to
the embrace of the motherland in December of 1999 and, at
this very moment, we miss all the more our Taiwan
compatriots," Jiang said.
that "We will continue to stick to the basic policy of
'peaceful reunification and one country, two systems', and
to the eight-point proposal for developing relations across
the straits and for promoting peaceful reunification of the
"We will work hard to
promote economic, scientific, technological and cultural
exchanges and cooperation, and push for the realization of
'three direct links' in mail, shipping and trade between the
two sides of the straits," Jiang added.
"We hope that the Taiwan authorities will
put national interests first and respond to our serious call
for negotiations between the straits under the principle of
'one China' at an early date," he said.
On Hong Kong and Macao, Jiang stressed the
importance of continuing to maintain Hong Kong's prosperity
and stability, and of making full preparations for the
return of Macao, in line with the principle of "one
country, two systems" and "Hong Kong people
governing Hong Kong".