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    Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the leader of Taiwan's opposition to respect "one China" principle, media reported on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "To ensure national integrity and protect the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation is the common will of all Chinese people," Xi said after his first meeting with head of the China-friendly Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) Hung Hsiu-chu, as quoted by Xinhua.

    Xi stressed the need to promote cooperation of China’s mainland and Taiwan in all fields, and "continue to improve the sentiment for the benefits of all the people and strive for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation."

    According to the media outlet, Hung did not rule out the possibility of a peace pact with the mainland, saying the Kuomintang party sought to "to preserve hard-won harmony between the two sides" and prevent "a dangerous turmoil."

    In 1949, the Chinese Nationalist government was defeated by the Communists and had to flee from continental China to Taiwan, where it formed a separate government and declared itself to be the Republic of China.

    Since then, relations between China and Taiwan have been strained, as China refuses to recognize Taiwan as a separate and independent political and diplomatic entity.

    In May, Beijing cut off communication with Taiwan after its newly-elected President Tsai Ing-wen refused to support "one China" principle.


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