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KMT welcomes proposal for Taiwan-China relations

Taipei, March 5 (CNA) A senior ruling Kuomintang (KMT) official on China affairs said Monday that the party welcomes the continuing warm ties between Taiwan and China, as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged to expand cross-Taiwan Strait relations this year. Opening the fifth annual session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Wen proposed strengthening the foundation for cross-strait political, economic, cultural and public development, adding that China will create a new prospect for cross-strait peace. Wen's statement was likely made as a result of the KMT's Jan. 14 election success, which has allowed the two sides to keep interacting based on the "1992 consensus," said Kao Huei, director of the KMT's Mainland Affairs Department. The "1992 consensus" refers to what the ruling KMT describes as a tacit cross-strait understanding that there is only "one China," with each side free to interpret the meaning of the phrase. "We really welcome continued peaceful and stable development of cross-strait relations," Kao said. The KMT also expressed hope that China's "two meetings" -- the NPC and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) -- as well as the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China later this year will run smoothly, the official added. The reason, he went on, is that the development of China's own politics and economics will be closely related to future cross-straits ties and the Taiwanese public's confidence in relations with China. Kao also expressed hope that Beijing will understand the "wise decisions" by Taiwanese voters and will not ignore the fact that many Taiwanese people still have doubts about the current Taiwan-China exchanges. The reasons might be complicated, which shows that the two sides have not built enough mutual trust yet, Kao continued. Thus, "increasing mutual trust across the strait is a major goal in the future development of cross-strait relations." In addition, Kao said, "mutual trust and understanding" is the important bedrock for the two sides. The Asian studies expert took Chinese students studying in Taiwan as an example. To them, Taiwanese people are "familiar strangers" because of the two sides' differences in systems and values. The two groups seem to be on good terms but are actually unfamiliar with each other, according to Kao. The KMT's role is especially important in this, since it is both the shaping force of current cross-strait relations and the ruling party, Kao said. "The KMT plays a very important role in fostering mutual cross-strait trust and understanding. It must covey the voice of the Taiwanese people to China in a responsible and thorough manner," he said. The party will stick to the principle of "putting Taiwan first for the benefit of the people" proposed by President Ma Ying-jeou when communicating and engaging with China, Kao concluded. (By Lee Shu-hua and Kendra Lin)

Updated : 2021-05-19 09:00 GMT+08:00