KMT-CPC fo­rum could see Chu-Xi meet: source

The China Post - - LOCAL -

An an­nual fo­rum be­tween Tai­wan’s Kuom­intang ( KMT) and its main­land Chi­nese coun­ter­part, the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC), is set to be held in late May, giv­ing rise to the pos­si­bil­ity of a meet­ing be­tween the lead­ers of the two par­ties, an uniden­ti­fied KMT source said Thurs­day.

The 10th KMT- CPC fo­rum, for­mally named “Cross-Strait Eco­nomic, Trade and Cul­ture Fo­rum,” should have taken place last year but was post­poned for many rea­sons, ac­cord­ing to the source speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity.

But it looks like it will go ahead this year, ac­cord­ing to the source. The KMT will is­sue a press re­lease on Fri­day to re­veal the time and lo­ca­tion of the event as well as who will rep­re­sent the KMT to at­tend the fo­rum.

Ar­range­ments for the fo­rum have largely been made, with some de­tails still hav­ing to be worked out with the CPC, said the source familiar with cross-strait af­fairs.

Asked whether KMT Chair­man Eric Chu ( ) will lead the Tai­wanese del­e­ga­tion to par­tic­i­pate in the fo­rum in China, the source sug­gested the pos­si­bil­ity would be quite high given that Chu has said dur­ing his visit to Hong Kong in March that it’s proper for a KMT chair­man to at­tend the KMT-CPC fo­rum.

KMT Hon­orary Chair­men Lien Chan ( ) and Wu Poh-hsi­ung (

) at­tended the fo­rum in their ca­pac­ity as then KMT chair­man.

If Chu vis­its the main­land, there will be a high pos­si­bil­ity of a meet­ing be­tween him and Xi Jin­ping ( ), gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, the source said, adding that a Chu-Xi meet­ing will not nec­es­sar­ily be held dur­ing the KMT-CPC fo­rum but could be ar­ranged by delink­ing it from the fo­rum.

Ear­lier me­dia re­ports said that since the fo­rum is sched­uled for late May when Xi would make an over­seas trip, a Chu-Xi meet­ing there­fore is un­likely to take place. In ad­di­tion, if Chu in­tends to run in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, his visit to China as a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date could be quite po­lit­i­cally sen­si­tive.

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