As anniversary of Jiang Zemin's directive looms, analysts call for a new approach Beijing has been urged to rethink its approach towards Taiwan as it launches activities to mark the 10th anniversary of the 'eight-point directive' championed by former president Jiang Zemin . The annual commemoration of Mr Jiang's announcement of the directive on January 30, 1995, will be held this year against the background of Lunar New Year charter flights enabling Taiwanese businessmen and their families to return home for the holiday. But the controversial anti-secession legislation to be tabled before the National People's Congress in March and anti-independence rhetoric continues to mar cross-strait relations. In his directive, Mr Jiang vowed to fight for the eventual reunification of the nation by affirming the one-China principle and warning against growing separatist tendencies in Taiwan. At the same time, he also offered to allow Taiwan to expand its international profile and to create a mutually acceptable basis for reunification through trade and cross-strait exchanges. It spelt out that the mainland would strive for peaceful reunification, but would not renounce the use of force. Mainland officials have hailed the directive as providing the guiding principle for cross-strait relations, but the development of cross-strait ties since 1995 has provided much cause for revision of Beijing's Taiwan policy. Analysts have pointed out that one of the assumptions of the directive was the '1992 consensus', according to which both sides agreed on the one-China principle. Taiwan later denied that a consensus was ever reached. Yu Yuanzhou , a law professor at Wuhan's Jianghan University, said the 'eight-point directive' should be revisited to put the 'Taiwan question' back in the perspective of the unfinished civil war and affirm its nature as a domestic issue. A country had the right to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity with any means it wanted, including the use of force, and had no obligation to make any pledges to a foreign country, he said. Although the directive already warned against growing separatist tendencies in Taiwan, developments during the past decade, especially with the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party coming to power in Taiwan, made it all the more necessary for the mainland to reinforce its stance. 'The bottom line is that the mainland would under no circumstance tolerate Taiwan's independence,' Professor Yu said. 'Other than that, anything can be discussed.' Acknowledging that Taiwan had changed since the days when the Kuomintang was in power, mainland analysts noted the need to take the new challenges into account. 'The Democratic Progressive Party could be in control for the medium and even the long term,' said Wang Yizhou, deputy director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. 'This forms a new set of challenges.' The so-called 'new thinking' should include a more nuanced understanding of social dynamics in Taiwan and the evolving sense of a separate identity, he said. Professor Yu said the authorities had shown a willingness to explore new ways to define 'one country, two systems' beyond the scope of model as applied to Hong Kong and Macau.