KMT politician, Chinese official talk cross-strait relations

Ganzhou, China, Aug. 13 (CNA) Trust, economic ties, and cultural exchange are the keys to peaceful development in relations between Taiwan and China, a senior politician from Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) said Tuesday during a visit to China. Wu Poh-hsiung, the party's honorary chairman, said that the peaceful development of cross-strait ties over the past several years should be cherished, as the two sides have left behind them the days of militarism and adversity. Wu made his comments from the city of Ganzhou in southern Jiangxi Province, where he was attending a forum focusing separately on the Hakka people across the Taiwan Strait and on economic and cultural ties between Jiangxi and Taiwan. At the forum's opening, Wu introduced himself as Taiwanese, Chinese, and a member of the Hakka sub-ethnic group all at the same time, underscoring his call for peaceful relations across the Taiwan Strait. Also at the event, China's top official in charge of Taiwan affairs addressed the controversy in Taiwan over a recently signed cross-strait trade-in-services agreement, striking a conciliatory note. Zhang Zhijun, the head of the Chinese State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, said that authorities in China understand some of the concerns over opening up parts of the service sector to Chinese investment. China also recognizes the objective assessments being offered by educated people and business groups, he said. He defended the agreement, stating that it will promote improvement in the service industries of both sides through exchanges of personnel, technology, management principles and information. Future agreements on trade in goods and dispute resolution will make the institutionalized ties between Taiwan and China more comprehensive, he added. Seventy-five business agreements and contracts were signed Tuesday at the event, yielding a potential value of US$3.94 billion. (By Charles Kang and Jay Chen)

Updated : 2021-04-18 14:21 GMT+08:00