KMT and CCP lead­ers set to meet in Bei­jing

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

CNA

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.

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