KMT leader to make trip to main­land

First of­fi­cial visit of Kuom­intang party’s new chair­woman ex­pected to boost cross-Straits ties

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By PENG YINING pengyin­ing@chi­

Hung Hsiu-chu, chair­woman of Tai­wan’s Kuom­intang party, will pay a five-day visit to the Chi­nese main­land start­ing on Sun­day, the State Coun­cil Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice an­nounced onMon­day.

It will beHung’s first visit to the main­land since be­com­ing head of theKMTonMarch 30.

It also will mark the first visit by the KMT’s leader since the party lost the is­land’s lead­er­ship and its leg­isla­tive ma­jor­ity to the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party in Jan­uary.

Be­fore Hung ar­rives in Beijing to at­tend a fo­rum on cross-Straits re­la­tions on Nov 2, she will visit Nan­jing, cap­i­tal of Jiangsu prov­ince, where the Sun Yat-senMau­soleum is lo­cated, ac­cord­ing to An Feng­shan, spokesman for the of­fice. Sun was the found­ing fa­ther of the KMT.

A de­tailed sched­ule for the visit has not yet been de­cided, in­clud­ing whether Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping will meet with Hung. An said both sides are work­ing on the agenda.

“Hung’s visit will cer­tainly have a very pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on cross-Straits re­la­tions,” said Ni Yongjie, deputy di­rec­tor of the Shang­hai In­sti­tute of Tai­wan Stud­ies.

The Nov 2 meet­ing that Hung will at­tend — the CrossS­trait Trade, Econ­omy and Cul­ture Fo­rum — is jointly hosted by non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions from the main­land and Tai­wan and has played an im­por­tant role and gen­er­ated fruit­ful re­sults since it was es­tab­lished a decade ago, ac­cord­ing to Ni.

About 200 del­e­gates from across the Straits will take part in the fo­rum to dis­cuss pol­i­tics, econ­omy, cul­ture, so­ci­ety and youth.

Ni said the meet­ing be­tween Xi and then Tai­wan leader Ma Ying-jeou, a for­mer KMT chief, which took place

Hung’s visit will cer­tainly have a very pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on cross-Straits re­la­tions.”

Ni Hongjie, deputy di­rec­tor, Shang­hai In­sti­tute of Tai­wan Stud­ies

in Sin­ga­pore last Novem­ber, greatly im­proved the level of ex­changes and trust be­tween the two sides, and the pos­si­ble meet­ing be­tweenXi andHung will also ben­e­fit the peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of cross-Strait re­la­tions.

Hung was once the KMT can­di­date for the is­land’s lead­er­ship, but was re­placed by Eric Chu, then chair­man of KMT, be­fore the final vote.

Chu re­signed af­ter the party lost the elec­tion, and Hung be­came its newleader. She has been nick­named “Lit­tle Chili Pep­per” by lo­cals for her straight­for­ward style.

Ni said he be­lieves that Hung and the KMT will main­tain com­mu­ni­ca­tion based on the 1992 Con­sen­sus, which af­firms the one-China pol­icy and op­poses “Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence”.

“With­out en­dorse­ment of the 1992 Con­sen­sus, the rul­ing DPP has brought cross-Straits re­la­tions into a cold pe­riod,” Ni said, ad­ding that Tsai Ing­wen, chair­woman of the DPP, de­clined to clear up her stance on the 1992 Con­sen­sus in her lat­est speech this month.

Hung Hsi­uchu be­came chair­woman of Tai­wan’s Kuom­intang party in March

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