Kuom­intang an­nounces Chair­man Chu will lead del­e­ga­tion to Shang­hai

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The rul­ing Kuom­intang (KMT,

) has de­cided that its del­e­ga­tion for an an­nual fo­rum with the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party ( CCP, ) slated for May 2-3 in Shang­hai will be headed by party Chair­man Eric Chu ( ), KMT spokesman Yang Wei- chung ( ) said Wed­nes­day.

On the is­sue of whether Chu will meet Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping ( ) at the fo­rum, Yang said only that de­tailed pro­ce­dures and rel­e­vant ac­tiv­i­ties at the fo­rum are still be­ing planned.

The KMT will in­vite rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the coun­try’s smal­land medium-sized en­ter­prises, youth or­ga­ni­za­tions, cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of other po­lit­i­cal par­ties to be part of its del­e­ga­tion, Yang added, with­out di­vulging spe­cific names.

Mean­while in Bei­jing, Ma Xiaoguang ( ), a spokes- man for the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice ( ) un­der China’s State Coun­cil, said at a regular press con­fer­ence that Chu is wel­come to at­tend the fo­rum as head of the KMT del­e­ga­tion.

The re­mark was con­sid­ered to be con­fir­ma­tion from Bei­jing for the first time that the KMT chair­man will visit China for the 10th KMT-CPC fo­rum, for­mally called the “Cross-Strait Eco­nomic, Trade and Cul­ture Fo­rum.”

How­ever, Ma also de­clined to dis­close whether there will a meet­ing be­tween Chu and Xi, who is gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CCP.

“The two par­ties will ar­range Chu’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the fo­rum and his other rel­e­vant ac­tiv­i­ties. Once the ar­range­ments are set­tled, we will pub­lish them at once,” Ma said.

China hopes that Chu’s visit will help main­tain re­la­tions be­tween the two par­ties and pro­mote “pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tion,” he added.

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