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Xi Jinping Meets with People First Party Chairman James Soong at the Great Hall of the People


This is an official readout from a May 2014 meeting between Xi Jinping and James Soong, the founder and Chairman of the People First Party (PFP). In the readout, Xi states that Beijing will continue to pursue the “peaceful development of cross-Strait relations” by facilitating increased cross-Strait economic integration and people-to-people exchanges.

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Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee, met with People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong and his delegation at the Great Hall of the People on the morning of May 7. Xi emphasized that the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations is a collective choice made by compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait in response to the tide of history. As long as we all recognize the value of “one family across the Taiwan Strait” and treat each other with sincerity, there is no issue that cannot be resolved, nor any difficulty that cannot be overcome. 


Xi Jinping pointed out that the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations is stable and has withstood all tests. With decades of ups and downs behind us, the general trend in cross-Strait relations is one of forward development, which is a historical certainty. Peaceful development is the common pursuit of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, and the two sides share the benefits of this development. Our policy of promoting the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations will not change, nor will we abandon our pragmatic initiatives to promote cross-Strait exchange and cooperation for mutual benefit, nor will we weaken our sincere enthusiasm to unite our compatriots in Taiwan for our common goal, nor will we waver in our strong will to stop the separatist plot of “Taiwan independence.” We sincerely hope that Taiwan will enjoy social stability, economic growth, and improvement of people’s livelihood, and that our compatriots in Taiwan will lead a peaceful and happy life. 


Xi Jinping expressed that the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations has a long way to go and requires in-depth mutual trust between compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. When compatriots trust each other, it is easy to find solutions to many difficulties. We must actively create conditions to expand the contact between people from all walks of life on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, improve face-to-face communication and heart-to-heart exchanges, constantly improve cross-Strait understanding, and close psychological distance. 


Xi Jinping emphasized that there is a bright prospect for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and that we must continue to forge ahead. The mainland’s comprehensive deepening of reform and opening up will provide strong impetus and favorable conditions for cross-Strait economic cooperation. Economic integration is beneficial to both sides of the Taiwan Strait for mutual benefit and should not be interfered with at any time. We will listen more closely to the actual needs of the people in Taiwan, especially the grassroots, and take active and effective measures to cater to the disadvantaged groups so that more people in Taiwan can benefit from cross-Strait economic exchanges and cooperation. 


Xi Jinping pointed out that youths hold the key to the future of cross-Strait relations. We need to work out more ways of facilitating interactions and contact between young people on both sides of the Straits, ensuring that they recognize the trend of peaceful development across the Straits and that they feel the momentum behind the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. This will put them in the position to shoulder the responsibility of opening up a new chapter in cross-Strait relations and making the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation a reality. 


During the meeting, Xi Jinping spoke highly of the significant contribution of James Soong and the PFP in promoting a historic turnaround in cross-Strait relations. We hope that the PFP will adhere to the one-China position, continue to oppose the separatist attempts of “Taiwan independence,” and work with people from all sectors in Taiwan to firmly safeguard the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and continuously promote the overall interests of the Chinese nation. 


James Soong expressed that the fundamental belief of the PFP in adhering to the one-China principle and opposing “Taiwan independence” has never wavered. The PFP will adhere to the  right track of the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, uphold the idea of “ties of kinship between the two sides,” strengthen cross-Strait dialogues and exchanges, enhance political mutual trust, promote compatriots’ spiritual ties, and strive to realize the shared ideal of the Chinese Dream. 


The meeting was also attended by Wang Huning and Li Zhanshu (members of the Political Bureau of the CCP Central Committee). 


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(2023) Xi Jinping Meets with People First Party Chairman James Soong at the Great Hall of the People [习近平在人民大会堂会见亲民党主席宋楚瑜一行]. Interpret: China, Original work published May 7, 2014, https://interpret.csis.org/translations/xi-jinping-meets-with-people-first-party-chairman-james-soong-at-the-great-hall-of-the-people/

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