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November 13, 1986

China's Communist government observed the 120th anniversary of revolutionary Sun Yat-sen's birthday by denouncing Taiwan's independence and appealing to the island's Nationalist leaders to open talks on reunification. A rally attended by about 10,000 people at the Great Hall of the People in Peking marked the birth of Sun, revered on both the mainland and on Taiwan as the leader of the 1911 revolution that overthrew China's last emperor. Peng Zhen, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, told the rally that Sun urged the unification of China, divided after the revolution into small fiefdoms.

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