Two score and ten years have elapsed since our acquaintance at Mt.Lushan, Our gathering in Chongqing the mountain city and our meeting in Nanjing are still fresh in my mind as if they took place only yesterday. It is a deep regret that we had lost contact with each other for forty odd years.
Yet it is a great comfort to us that we still retain friendship and mutual understanding. Every time a friend comes from afar and mentions your daily life, I cannot help recalling the past. It is a great comfort to me when I hear that you are in good health.
Your honourable sister Mrs.Sun missed you very much during her lifetime. She often talked of your ardent patriotism and utter devotion to the reunification of China.
Mrs.Sun always kept a sisterly affection for you and had a strong wish to have a meeting with you, for which she wrote you a letter. Yet she failed to fulfill her wish, which is a regret. I have the honor to read your book I Shall Rise Again ,which provoked abundant reflection in me.
Looking back in the past, I remember that national calamities plagued China at that time. You made great contributions by devoting yourself to the War of Resistance Against Japan and the unity of all forces in China, by working hard for the international assistance and the morale of the Chinese people in fighting against the Japanese aggressors and by helping to rescue the refugee children and wounded soldiers.
Despite the fact that you are getting on in years, you still have our national prosperity and prosperousness in mind, which helps to ease the relationship between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. Your utter devotion to our country is just as what your honorable sister Madam Song had described, which really and truly deserves my admiration.
The present world situation being so turbulent, the future of Taiwan has become a worrying matter. Now that Jingguo has passed away, which has made the situation all the more complicated. Your friends here and I are very much concerned about it. We sincerely hope that you and all of the Taiwan government officials would do your utmost to maintain peace and harmony in the island and make your decisions as early as possible to strive for an early reunification of the Chinese nation.
In our view, it is mot difficult to solve the problems that we are concerned about for we can settle everything through discussion as long as Kuomingtang and the Communist party of China put the national interest above all and have consultation with each other on the basis of equality and sincerity.
I am also over eighty years old and have been relieved of my office, but I am just unable to put off my mind the reunification of our nation, which justifies the famous line from Cao Cao:” A noble-hearted man retains his high aspiration even in his old age.”
Our ways to save the nation are different ,but our patriotic feelings are the same, I wish that we could join our efforts for the reunification of our nation so as to turn China into a strong nation in the world.
We have had contact with each other for several decades. The passage of time has deepened our mutual understanding. Please do forgive me for my straightforwardness. We reside poles apart, and I sincerely wish you to take good care of yourself .I will always be thinking of you and I am looking forward to your early reply.