Chinese President Jiang Zemin said on
January 1 that China's mainland will continue its efforts
for an improvement of the relations across the Taiwan
Straits and enhance liaison and exchange of visits between
people of the two sides.
the remarks during a New Year Tea Party hosted by the
National Committee of the Chinese People's Political
Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Jiang, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee
and chairman of the Central Military Commission, stressed
that to realize a complete reunification of the motherland
through resolving the Taiwan issue is to the utmost interest
of the Chinese nation.
new century, cross-strait economic cooperation has been
enhanced while exchange of visits increased. The policy of
"Peaceful Reunification and One country, Two
systems" has gained more and more welcome and
admiration by the people in Taiwan, he noted.
The WTO membership of both the mainland and
Taiwan provided new
opportunities for the development
of economic and trade relations across the Taiwan Straits,
"We will, on the
basis of the One-China Principle, continue to work toward an
improvement of cross-strait relations, and enhance the
liaison and exchange of visits between people of the
mainland and Taiwan," he said,
The president said although international situation has
undergone most dramatic change following the end of the cold
war, peace and development are still the theme of the time.
Maintaining peace and endeavoring for development remain the
common aspiration of all nations.
Judging from the overall situation, he said, the world peace
can still be maintained. The overall situation for the
coming period of time will be featured by overall peace
albeit regional war, overall easing of tensions albeit
increasing of regional tension, and overall stability albeit