Ex-KMT chair’s visit paves way for cross-Straits peace: expert

By Sun Haoran Source:Global Times Published: 2019/5/13 23:03:41

Hung Hsiu-chu, former chairperson of the Chinese Kuomintang Party, delivers a speech in June 2018 in Kunming, Southwest China's Yunnan Province. Photo: VCG

The ongoing trip of Hung Hsiu-chu, former chairperson of the Chinese Kuomintang Party (KMT), to Beijing will pave the way for the peace and development on both sides of the Taiwan Straits amid current Taiwan authorities' impediment on cross-Straits exchanges, an expert said on Monday.

Hung is in Beijing on a four-day unofficial trip to the Chinese mainland at the invitation of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office.

Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee, met with Hung on Monday, China Central Television (CCTV) reported.

Wang said he appreciates Hung's contributions to developing cross-Straits relations and enhancing the well-being of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits, CCTV reported.

Both sides stressed the importance of adhering to the 1992 Consensus and opposing any form of "Taiwan independence." 

They also mentioned the common goals of the reunification of China and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, the CCTV report said.

Prior to her meeting with Wang, Hung met with Liu Jieyi, director of the Taiwan Affairs Office, at a welcome dinner hosted by Liu after she arrived in Beijing on Sunday, according to a video of news site ifeng.com on Sunday.

Hung and Liu at a symposium after the dinner jointly announced the "Six Joint Initiatives" on issues of achieving the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, consolidating common political foundation and strengthening cross-Straits exchanges, Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday.

"Taiwan independence" is a false proposition. The ultimate goal of the two sides of the Taiwan Straits is reunification, Hung said in an interview after the conference. 

Against the backdrop in which Taiwan's current leader Tsai Ing-wen has closed the door on cross-Straits exchanges, she arranged her trip for the sake of rights, interests and the well-being of the Taiwan people, Hung noted.

Seventy-two people were part of Hung's delegation, including two former deputy chairpersons, elected representatives and council members from the fields of education, tourism, agriculture, fisheries, health care, and biotechnology, Hung's office said on Thursday.

"Although Taiwan authorities obstruct cross-Straits exchanges, including non-governmental exchanges, in every possible way, peace and development are the common hopes of people on both sides of the Taiwan Straits," Jin Yi, an expert at the Institute of Taiwan Studies of the Beijing-based Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Monday.

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