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Vision for developing ties hailed
By Bao Daozu (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-03-05 02:10

Chen Huizhu, an NPC deputy from Fujian, telephoned the reassuring news of President Hu Jintao's guidelines on developing cross-Straits ties to her husband yesterday as soon as she heard them.

"My husband's brothers and sisters and our cousins and nephews are Taiwan residents, so I asked my husband to convey to them the encouraging and sincere words from President Hu," said the native of Fujian Province, which faces the island across the Taiwan Straits.

During a speech yesterday, Hu said the Chinese people will do their best to seek peaceful reunification of the motherland but will never tolerate "Taiwan independence."

He made the remarks at a panel discussion of members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Chen, 64, said President Hu even took into consideration the interests of Taiwan farmers, offering to address the marketing of Taiwan's farm produce on the mainland "in a down-to-earth manner."

People across the Straits are like a big family, and therefore should think and act like one family, she said.

Chen was one of several researchers on cross-Straits ties and delegates to the annual sessions of China's top legislature and political advisory body to hail Hu's vision.

Li Jiaquan, a senior researcher with the Institute of Taiwan Studies under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said Hu's speech will help ease unnecessary concerns over, and distortion about, the proposed anti-secession law.

"The president has sent a clear message to the outside world that the Chinese mainland will never give up efforts to seek a peaceful resolution to the Taiwan question," Li told China Daily.

He added that the statement would help clear up misunderstandings about the anti-secession law, which is due to be reviewed at the annual full session beginning today of the National People's Congress.

The Taiwan authorities have tried to distort the legislation as a "war mobilization order" for an attack on the island. 

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