Ambassador Zhou Pingjian: To Keep China One
On January 4-6, 2019, Nigerian leading newspaper Peoples Daily, Daily Trust, Leadership, Thisday, and Vanguard published an article written by Ambassador of China to Nigeria Dr.Zhou Pingjian. The full text goes as follows:
"China must be, will be reunified," said Chinese President Xi Jinping in his speech delivered on January 2 at a gathering in Beijing to commemorate the 40th anniversary of issuing Message to Compatriots in Taiwan. "It is a historical conclusion drawn over the 70 years of the development of cross-Straits relations, and a must for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in the new era," he said.
Taiwan, lying off the southeastern coast of the Chinese mainland, is China's largest island and forms an integral whole with the mainland. Taiwan has belonged to China since ancient times.
On October 1, 1949, the Chinese people led by the Communist Party of China (CPC) won a great victory in the new democratic revolution and founded the People's Republic of China. The Kuomintang (KMT) ruling clique retreated from the mainland to entrench in China's Taiwan Province in confrontation with the Central Government with the support of foreign forces. This is the origin of the Taiwan issue.
Although the mainland and Taiwan have remained to be reunified since 1949, the Chinese territory and sovereignty have not been split. The two sides are in a state of political confrontation resulting from China's civil war in the mid- to late- 1940s.
Since 1949, the Communist Party of China (CPC), the Chinese government and the Chinese people have always unwaveringly taken resolving the Taiwan question to realize China's complete reunification as a historic task.
The message to compatriots in Taiwan issued by Beijing on January 1, 1979, made clear the question of Taiwan is an internal affair and set out the fundamental policy of striving for peaceful reunification.