China`s Hu urges unification with rival Taiwan

China`s President Hu Jintao said at a ceremony in Beijing Sunday that China and Taiwan should end antagonisms.

Updated: Oct 09, 2011, 11:19 AM IST

Beijing: China`s President Hu Jintao has used the centennial of a revolution that ended imperial rule to make an appeal to further relations with Taiwan.

Hu said at a ceremony in Beijing Sunday that China and Taiwan should end antagonisms, "heal wounds of the past and work together to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation."

The centennial marks the events set in motion in 1911 when revolutionaries overthrew the Qing dynasty`s imperial rule on the mainland.

The Republic of China was established 2 1/2 months later, but its government fled in disarray to Taiwan in 1949 following the victory of Mao Zedong`s Communists over Chiang Kai-shek`s Nationalists in the Chinese civil war.

Bureau Report