CPC, KMT keep chan­nel open for cross-Straits talks

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By LUO WANGSHU lu­owang­shu @chi­nadaily.com.cn

De­spite of the tense crossS­traits re­la­tions, the Chi­nese main­land and Tai­wan are still main­tain­ing ex­changes through po­lit­i­cal party com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

The Com­mu­nist Party of China and Tai­wan’s Kuom­intang held a di­a­logue on Fri­day in Bei­jing. Zhang Zhi­jun, the main­land’s Tai­wan af­fairs chief, met with the KMT del­e­ga­tion, led by the party’s ViceChair­man Chen Chen-hsiang.

They dis­cussed party com­mu­ni­ca­tion at the grass­roots level, the pro­tec­tion of peo­ple’s wel­fare and com­mu­ni­ca­tion between youths on both sides.

The di­a­logue aims to set the peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of cross-Straits re­la­tions back on track, up­hold the one-China prin­ci­ple and op­pose “Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence”, pro­mote so­cial and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion and im­prove peo­ple’s wel­fare, said Zhang, head of the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil.

“The goal was to carry out the com­mon un­der­stand­ing between Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Tai­wan’s KMT leader Hung Hsui-chu,” Zhang said.

Xi met with Hung in early Novem­ber in Bei­jing and made a six-point pro­posal on cross-Straits re­la­tions, in­clud­ing ad­her­ing to the 1992 Con­sen­sus, res­o­lutely op­pos­ing forces that sup­port “Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence” and pro­mot­ing so­cial and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion between the two sides.

Zheng Zhen­qing, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of Tai­wan stud­ies at Ts­inghua Univer­sity, said that be­cause the of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nel between the main­land and Tai­wan has been cut off, di­a­logue between the CPC and KMT and peo­ple-to-peo­ple com­mu­ni­ca­tion are the main forms of ex­change between the two sides.

The KMT is not the rul­ing party, Zheng said, so the com­mu­ni­ca­tion between the po­lit­i­cal par­ties is a non-of­fi­cial chan­nel.

Since the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party took over lead­er­ship in Tai­wan in May, cross-Straits re­la­tions have wors­ened and of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion has been sus­pended.

“Di­a­logue has brought warmth to the cold win­ter when of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion stalled,” said Zhu Songling, a pro­fes­sor at the In­sti­tute of Tai­wan Stud­ies at Bei­jing Union Univer­sity.

“The di­a­logue between the two par­ties be­comes an im­por­tant plat­form for seek­ing peace­ful de­vel­op­ment, pro­mot­ing peo­ple-to-peo­ple com­mu­ni­ca­tion and eco­nomic ex­changes and im­prov­ing peo­ple’s wel­fare on both sides,” he said.

In Washington on Wed­nes­day, State Depart­ment spokesman John Kirby said the United States has a deep and abid­ing in­ter­est in crossS­traits sta­bil­ity. “We be­lieve that di­a­logue between the two sides has en­abled peace, sta­bil­ity, and de­vel­op­ment in re­cent years,” he said.

Zhu Songling, pro­fes­sor of Tai­wan Stud­ies at Bei­jing Union Univer­sity


Chief Sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (front left) signed a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment with Shan Jix­i­ang, di­rec­tor of the Palace Mu­seum, in Bei­jing on Fri­day to es­tab­lish the new mu­seum in Hong Kong.

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