Indigenous people of Taiwan issue message to Xi Jinping that ‘Taiwan is not part of China’
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In response to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech mentioning the “1992 consensus” and “one China principle” given last week, the representatives of Taiwan’s indigenous people issued a joint statement today in the Presidential Office saying that Taiwan is a traditional area of the aboriginal peoples and is not part of China’s territory.
On Jan. 2, Xi gave a speech commemorating the 40th anniversary of a policy message from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) entitled “Message to Compatriots in Taiwan,” made on Jan. 1, 1979. During the speech, Xi insisted that Taiwan “must and will be” united with China based on the “1992 consensus” under the “one China principle.”
Today, representatives of the Presidential Office’s Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee issued a joint statement entitled “Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples Message to Chairman Xi Jinping of China.”
According to the statement, the Aboriginal people have lived in Taiwan for more than 6,000 years, and they are not ethnic minorities of the Chinese nation.