KMT and CCP leaders set to meet in Beijing
Ruling Kuomintang ( KMT) Chairman Eric Chu ( ) will meet his counterpart from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Beijing on May 4, and the two will exchange opinions on issues of mutual concern, the KMT said Friday in a statement.
The meeting with CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping ( ) was eventually settled after weeks of uncertainty about Chu’s itinerary in China, where he will lead a delegation to visit and attend a meeting between the KMT and CCP slated for May 3 in Shanghai.
During their meeting, Chu and Xi will discuss issues of mutual concern, such as the prospects for cross-Taiwan Strait ties and the people’s welfare on both sides, the KMT statement said.
The delegation Chu will lead on the visit will be comprised of KMT Vice Chairman Huang Min-hui ( ), Secretary-General Lee Shu-chuan ( ), Chu’s special consultant and KMT Director of Mainland Affairs Kao Koong-lian ( ) and National Policy Foundation Chief Executive Yiin Chiiming ( ).
In response, Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman and 2016 presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen ( ) said she hopes Chu will regard Taiwanese people’s best interests as his first priority during his talks with Xi. Tsai also reiterated her assertion that cross-strait relations are currently equivalent to KMT-CCP relations.
On May 4, Chu will also visit Peking University and the Temple of Azure Clouds, which houses a Sun Yat-sen Memorial, the statement said. Sun was the founding father of the Republic of China as well as the KMT, which governed China until the KMT government was defeated by the communists and retreated to Taiwan in 1949.
Meanwhile in Beijing, Ma Xiaoguang ( ), a spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office under China’s State Council, confirmed the Chu-Xi meeting on the same day, calling it an “important event” in terms of interactions between executive members of the two parties.
Ma said Chu will head on to Beijing from Shanghai, where he will attend the 10th “Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Culture Forum,” also known as the KMTCCP forum, on May 3.
Kuomintang Chairman Eric Chu, left, and Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping are seen attending recent events in this combined photo. Chu and Xi are scheduled to meet in Shanghai on May 3.