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People on Both Sides of the Taiwan Strait as One Family

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Updated:2018-11-30 |

People on Both Sides of the Taiwan Strait as One Family

Xi Jinping has a deep understanding of the Taiwan question and is familiar with the history of Taiwan and cross-strait relations. He understands the specific concerns of the people in Taiwan, with what happened in the past and the specific position they now find themselves in. He has, therefore, expressed his sincere desire on many occasions to work with the people in Taiwan to help allay the historical misgivings that may still exist in Taiwan so that people on both sides could join hands and move to the future. On April 8, 2014, in Boao, Hainan Province, he met with Mr. Vincent Siew, honorary chairman of the Cross-Strait Common Market Foundation and expressed his hope that two sides could work together as "one family" and increase their economic cooperation. On numerous occasions afterwards, he again emphasized the idea of "ties of kinship between the two sides". This bond is rooted in our blood and soul, and in the history and culture we share. Xi Jinping proposed the idea of "ties of kinship" based on this close bond, on our common history and culture, and on our goal of national renewal. 

As the guideline for advancing relations between people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, this idea of kinship helps shorten their emotional and psychological distance so that people on both sides can work together with stronger recognition of our shared national, ethnic, and cultural identity, in our drive to achieve the Chinese Dream of national renewal. The historical meeting between Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou, leaders from both sides of the Taiwan Strait, at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, was a good example of this family bond between the two sides.