Kuomintang announces Chairman Chu will lead delegation to Shanghai
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.