KMT leader starts visit in Nan­jing

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By PENG YINING pengyin­ing@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

The visit of Hung Hsiu-chu, chair­woman of Tai­wan’ s Kuomin­tang party, to the main­land this week will be sig­nif­i­cant for im­prov­ing the peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of cross-Straits re­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to aca­demics.

Hung ar­rived in Nan­jing, cap­i­tal of Jiangsu prov­ince, on Sun­day to start a five-day visit, mak­ing her first stop at the Mau­soleum of Sun Yat­sen, the found­ing fa­ther of the KMT.

On Mon­day, she will fly to Bei­jing for a fo­rum on the peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of cross-Straits re­la­tions as well as meet­ings with high-level lead­ers of the Com­mu­nist Party of China.

It is the first time Hung has trav­eled to the main­land since be­com­ing head of the KMT on March 30. It also marks the first visit by a KMT leader since the party lost the Tai­wan lead­er­ship and a leg­isla­tive ma­jor­ity to the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party in the Jan­uary elec­tions.

Un­der the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the two par­ties and ef­forts to con­sol­i­date com­mon po­lit­i­cal ground will have a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on main­tain­ing peace and sta­bil­ity across the Tai­wan Strait, An Feng­shan, a spokesman for Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil, said on Wed­nes­day.

He said the KMT and CPC have main­tained com­mu­ni­ca­tion since a “his­toric meet­ing” in 2005 that saw their lead­ers con­firm their ad­her­ence to the 1992 Con­sen­sus, which com­mits to the oneChina prin­ci­ple.

“We hope the ex­change and in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the KMT and CPC can con­tinue,” An said. “Based on the po­lit­i­cal foun­da­tion of the 1992 Con­sen­sus, the two par­ties could im­prove cross-Straits re­la­tions and the well-be­ing for peo­ple on both sides of the strait.”

Cross-Straits re­la­tions have cooled since the DPP’s elec­tion vic­tory, said Ni Yongjie, deputy di­rec­tor of the Shang­hai In­sti­tute of Tai­wan Stud­ies, a think tank. “Dis­cus­sions on the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion will surely be on the agenda dur­ing Hung’s meet­ing with CPC lead­ers.

“Hung is strongly against so-called Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence,” said Ni, re­fer­ring to Hung’s com­ments on op­pos­ing “in­de­pen­dence” last week in a meet­ing with of­fi­cials from the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute in Tai­wan.

“Her trip to the main­land will bring more talks on the 1992 Con­sen­sus as well as ex­changes be­tween peo­ple from both sides of the strait.”

Liu Gu­oshen, di­rec­tor of Xi­a­men Uni­ver­sity’s Tai­wan Re­search In­sti­tute, praised Hung’s courage to visit the main land at the cur­rent time.

“It’s been a dif­fi­cult time for cross-Straits re­la­tions, but the ex­changes will not stop,” he said. “The KMT plays an im­por­tant role in the peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of cross-Straits re­la­tions.”

It’s been a dif­fi­cult time for cross-Straits re­la­tions, but the ex­changes will not stop. The KMT plays an im­por­tant role.” Liu Gu­oshen, di­rec­tor of Xi­a­men Uni­ver­sity’s Tai­wan Re­search In­sti­tute

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