President Jiang Zemin has given new instructions on speeding up efforts for reunification with Taiwan. Mr Jiang pointed out just before arriving in Macau for the handover ceremony that more 'intensive work on Taiwan' should be started soon after the new year, a Beijing source said yesterday. It is understood the Taiwan strategy consists mainly of expanding the 'united front' on one hand, and persevering with 'military preparation' on the other. United front work means wooing powerful Taiwan groups and individuals, particularly big business. Apart from offering more incentives to Taiwan investors in Fujian and other provinces, elite mainland companies will be urged to team up with Taiwan firms to set up joint ventures in foreign countries. 'The idea is, if enough Taiwan businessmen are won over, they will put pressure on the Taipei administration to begin talks with Beijing,' said the source, who is close to Beijing's Taiwan policy establishment. At the same time, a special group in the PLA under vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, General Zhang Wannian, will continue to plot semi-military solutions. A Western diplomat said the PLA was confident that by 2010 at the latest, it could not only establish an overwhelming superiority over Taiwan forces but repel 'foreign intervention', a code-word for American support of Taiwan. One area the generals are reportedly working on is ways to paralyse Taiwan's information technology networks. 'The Macau handover has added new urgency to the Jiang administration's Taiwan policy,' the diplomat said. Speaking in Beijing last night, Mr Jiang stressed that reunification was 'an inevitable historical trend which nobody and no force on earth can ever resist'. 'All far-sighted people in the world have seen, from the smooth return of Hong Kong and Macau, that the 'one country, two systems' policy is most appropriate and correct and is the best approach to solving the Taiwan question,' he said at a gala attended by more than 10,000 VIPs.