1 In the past forty years, the two sides of the Taiwan Strait began building up their lands simultaneously. Mainland China tried out Communism. Taiwan started out as a poor, backward little island with scarce resources, whose people chose to build their island based on the Three Principles of the People. Its economic development has been miraculous.
2 The practice of Communism in Mainland China proved to be a failure. As the world’s trend ran its course, the Communists had to drop the Revisionism [Marxism], and move toward Reformism, taking on the ideology of “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” for the livelihood of more than one billion and one hundred million people. Although the “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” and the Three Principles of the People use a different approach, they serve, in fact, the same purpose.
A Letter to Mr. Deng Xiaoping, January 15, 1991