KMT chief pays trib­ute to Sun Yat-sen

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

Hung Hsiu-chu, chair­woman of Tai­wan’s Kuom­intang party, paid trib­ute to KMT founder Sun Yat-sen at his mau­soleum in Nan­jing on Mon­day, and said her five-day trip to the main­land pur­sues the peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of cross-Straits re­la­tions.

Hung, who flew to the cap­i­tal of East China’s Jiangsu prov­ince on Sun­day, said dur­ing a meet­ing with Nan­jing of­fi­cials that de­spite a dif­fi­cult cross-Straits sit­u­a­tion, the con­nec­tion be­tween the two sides won’t be cut off and ex­changes will con­tinue.

“We come in peace, hope and mu­tual trust be­tween the two sides,” she said. “It is not just for this gen­er­a­tion, but also for the ben­e­fit for our next gen­er­a­tion. I hope the seed of hope we spread to­day will blos­som and yield fruit in the fu­ture.”

She flew to Bei­jing later on Mon­day 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 that 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 elec­tions in Jan­uary.

“I be­lieve Hung’s visit meant to re­mind peo­ple of Sun’s spirit and to help the KMT af­ter it lost the elec­tion,” said Ni Yongjie, deputy di­rec­tor of the Shang­hai In­sti­tute of Tai­wan Stud­ies.

Besides Hung, two KMT chairs, Lien Chan and Wu Po-hsi­ung, have vis­ited the mau­soleum, in 2005 and 2008, re­spec­tively.

Sun Yat-sen, who was born in 1866 in Zhong­shan, Guang­dong prov­ince, was the fore­run­ner of China’s anti-feu­dal­ism revo­lu­tion.

Mark­ing the 150th birth­day of Sun, Hung’s trib­ute also pro­motes ex­changes and mu­tual trust be­tween the two sides, said Ni.

Some Nan­jing res­i­dents wel­comed Hung at the mau­soleum with ban­ners say­ing: “Tai­wan and the main­land be­long to one fam­ily. Wel­come, Chair­woman Hung Hsiu-chu.”

Liu Xiang­ping, head of the In­sti­tute of Tai­wan Stud­ies at Nan­jing Univer­sity, said, “Af­ter Hung be­came KMT chair­woman, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping sent a con­grat­u­la­tory tele­gram to her, which shows the friendly in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the two par­ties and also the mu­tual po­lit­i­cal foun­da­tion the two par­ties have shared,

“The in­ter­ac­tion will con­tinue, and the two par­ties will both work hard for the well­be­ing of peo­ple from both sides,” he said.

JI CHUNPENG / XIN­HUA

Kuom­intang Chair­woman Hung Hsiu-chu bows be­fore a statue of KMT founder Sun Yat-sen at the me­mo­rial hall of the Sun Yat-sen Mau­soleum in Nan­jing on Mon­day.

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