Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.
The Chinese president's urging for the two to come to the table came during a speech marking the 40th anniversary of the "Message of Compatriots in Tawain" when, on January 1, 1979, China offered to open up communications and stop military action against the island.
"We are firmly against those who conspire behind the ideo of "Two China", or "One China-One Taiwan", or Taiwan Independence", Xi said in a part of his first major speech addressing the people of what Beijing considers a breakaway province.
In the wake of Xi's speech, Tsai reiterated these points and called on China to "bravely take steps towards democracy", implying that while she remains president, Taiwan would not be reunited with China under a "one country, two systems" framework.
Since coming to power six years ago, Xi has employed both incentives and pressure to steer Taiwan toward unification.
"Reunification is the historical trend and the right path, Taiwan independence is. a dead end", he said.
The Chinese leader's statement earlier today has clearly shown that such rhetoric indicates nothing more than the "one-China" and "one country, two systems" ideology, according to President Tsai.
Tsai also blasted Xi for inviting political parties, groups and individuals from Taiwan to engage in talks on cross-strait political issues, saying that in a democracy, all political negotiations concerning cross-strait relations require a mandate from the people and must be subject to public scrutiny.
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The "1992 consensus" - a term former Mainland Affairs Council chairman Su Chi (蘇起) in 2006 admitted making up in 2000 - refers to a tacit understanding between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party that both sides acknowledge there is "one China", with each side having its own interpretation of what "China" means.
China's Communist Party has always maintained that Taiwan is part of its territory and vowed to pursue reunification, vacillating between building economic and social ties with the island and threatening it militarily.
The address was also laced with threats of military force and warnings aimed at the Trump administration, which has shown greater willingness to show support for Taipei by selling arms and dispatching USA warships to nearby waters.
"It will only bring more opportunities for other countries".
"Deviating from the one China principle will result in tension and turbulence in cross-strait relations, harming the interests of the Taiwanese compatriots", Xi said.
"I think she doesn't want the local officials to have private connections with Xi Jinping or any other PRC officials", Lee said. It was caused by Beijing conducting missile tests over Taiwan's outlying islands in a failed attempt to sway voters not to re-elect Lee Teng-hui, whose high-profile visit to the United States had infuriated the mainland government.
"We have achieved great victory on defeating any pro-independence or separatist activities". While Tsai insisted on Tuesday that the DPP's election losses were not caused by voter dissatisfaction with her cross-strait policies, Xi's conciliatory tone may have been created to appeal to new KMT mayors, who want to establish municipal-level ties with Chinese cities, and their supporters.