Call for Taiwan reunion

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 October, 2011, 12:00am


At a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of China's 1911 revolution, which ended the nation's long imperial history, President Hu Jintao made the case for reunification with Taiwan.

Hu said Beijing and Taipei should 'heal past wounds and work together to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation'.

The ceremony featured 10 red flags around a giant portrait of Sun Yat-sen, who led the 1911 revolution and became the president of the first Republic of China. However, the ceremony began with the national anthem of the People's Republic of China, which was founded by the Communist Party 38 years after the 1911 revolution.

Despite praising Sun in his speech, calling him 'a great patriot and a great leader of the Chinese democratic revolution', Hu barely mentioned Sun's political guidelines on nationalism, democracy and people's livelihood. Instead, he emphasised that Taiwanese independence must continue to be opposed.