Beijing’s top political adviser picked to lead Taiwan reunification group, stresses fight against ‘separatist forces’

Wang Huning, the head of Beijing’s top political advisory body, called for efforts to fight Taiwan separatists and external intervention as he was selected to head an organisation tasked with promoting peaceful reunification.
Wang, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee – the Communist Party’s top decision-making body – made the remarks on Monday at the plenary meeting of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification (CCPPR).
The organisation, set up in 1988 by then leader Deng Xiaoping, consists mainly of non-Communist Party members with the mission of uniting overseas Chinese, including those in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Wang, Beijing’s top official on Taiwan affairs, urged the council to “take up the responsibility and mission of fighting against separatist forces and external interference” and to “strengthen confidence and determination in opposing independence and promoting reunification”, state news agency Xinhua reported on Monday.

He called for greater efforts to promote exchanges and interactions among people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait to “strengthen the foundation of public opinion”.

He also asked the international community to support creating a “favourable external environment”.


Cross-strait relations have been strained since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party was elected in 2016 and refused to accept the one-China principle. In recent years, Beijing has increased its pressure on Taiwan, with the PLA ramping up military intimidation of the self-ruled island.

The council also picked Shi Taifeng – a Politburo member and head of the United Front Work Department, the body responsible for liaising with non-party groups – as its executive vice-chairman. It selected 11 others as CCPPR vice-chairs.

At the Monday meeting, Wang noted that the council played an important role in “uniting compatriots at home and abroad, resolutely opposing all kinds of secessionist acts … and safeguarding the core interests of the country”.

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An article published on Sunday by Tongzhan Xinyu, a WeChat account run by the United Front Work Department, noted that the council had taken measures to voice opposition on major issues such as former US House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in August last year.


Beijing sees Taiwan as a breakaway province and has not ruled out the use of force to achieve reunification as part of the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” by 2049, the centenary year of the People’s Republic.

While most countries, including the United States, do not recognise the self-governed island as an independent state, they are opposed to any forcible change in the status quo.


South China Morning Post

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