Straits: Hung’s trip a re­minder of pos­i­tive side of ties, ex­pert says

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be­tween the two sides and work­ing to­gether to carry for­ward Chi­nese cul­ture.

“Two par­ties’ con­tri­bu­tions to the peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of cross-Straits re­la­tions has been writ­ten in his­tory,” Xi added. “The two sides across the Straits have be­come an in­te­gral whole with acom­mon des­tiny.”

It is Hung’s first trip to the main­land since she be­came head of the KMT on March 30. It also marks the first visit by a KMT leader since the party lost Tai­wan lead­er­ship and a leg­isla­tive ma­jor­ity to the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party in the Jan­uary elec­tions.

Dur­ing her meet­ing with Xi, Hung said that CPC and KMT should ex­pand ex­changes be­tween the two sides, in­clud­ing eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion and in­ter­ac­tions among young peo­ple.

She also stressed her stance on op­pos­ing “Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence” dur­ing her meet­ing with top po­lit­i­cal ad­viser Yu Zheng­sheng on Tues­day.

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

On Wed­nes­day, she will at­tend a fo­rum on peace­ful de­vel­op­mentof cross-Straits ties.

The meet­ing be­tween Xi and Hung is the most sig­nif­i­cant event since the DPP took Tai­wan’s lead­er­ship in May, said Ni Yongjie, deputy di­rec­tor of the Shang­hai In­sti­tute of Tai­wan Stud­ies.

“Cross-Straits re­la­tions have en­tered a cold pe­riod since the DPP takeover. The in­ter­ac­tion be­tween KMT and Com­mu­nist Party of China, how­ever, helps to main­tain peace and sta­bil­ity across the Tai­wan Straits,” said Ni.

In ad­di­tion of talks with high-level lead­ers of the CPC, Hung’s visit also has led to ex­changes among peo­ple from both The sides, meet­ing ac­cord­ing be­tweento Ni. Xi and “Her Hung visit is to the the most Sun Yat-sen­signif­i­cant Mau­soleumevent since and thea tech­nol­o­gyDPP took hub Tai­wan’sin Bei­jing lead­er­shiphas drawnin May, the pub­lic’ssaid Ni Yongjie, at­ten­tion deputyand re­minded­di­rec­tor of peo­plethe Shang­haiof the pos­i­tive In­sti­tute side of of cross-Strait­sTai­wan Stud­ies. re­la­tions. De­spite the “Cross-Straits­d­if­fi­cult po­lit­i­cal re­la­tions sit­u­a­tion,have the en­tered ex­changea cold and pe­riod mu­tual since trust­the amongDPP takeover. peo­ple The from in­ter­ac­tiontwo sides still be­tween ex­ists,” KMThe said. and Com­mu­nist Party of China, how­ever, helps to main­tain peace and sta­bil­ity across the Tai­wan Straits,” said Ni.

In ad­di­tion of talks with high-level lead­ers of the CPC, Hung’s visit also has led to ex­changes among peo­ple from both sides, ac­cord­ing to Ni.

“Her visit to the Sun Yat-sen Mau­soleum and a tech­nol­ogy hub in Bei­jing has drawn the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion and re­minded peo­ple of the pos­i­tive side of cross-Straits re­la­tions. De­spite the dif­fi­cult po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion, the ex­change and mu­tual trust among peo­ple from two sides still ex­ists,” he said.

WU ZHIYI / CHINA DAILY

Xi Jin­ping, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, meets with Tai­wan’s Kuom­intang party leader Hung Hsiu-chu in Bei­jing on Tues­day.

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