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Cross-strait ties doesn't equal KMT-CPC ties: DPP chairwoman

Taipei, April 11 (CNA) opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???) said Saturday cross-Taiwan Strait relations should not be conflated with ties between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party of China (CPC). According to Tsai, people in Taiwan are unhappy with the way the KMT has been handling cross-strait ties because it tends not to distinguish between KMT-CPC party relations and cross-strait relations. She urged Beijing to also drop its habit of looking at its relations with Taiwan from the perspective of the CPC and the KMT, so as to create new possibilities for ties between the two sides. Tsai made the remarks when asked to comment on an upcoming forum jointly organized by the KMT and the CPC in Shanghai, which is likely to bring about a meeting between KMT Chairman Eric Chu (???) and Chinese President and CPC General-Secretary Xi Jinping (???). In response, KMT spokesman Yang Wei-chung (???) denied that his party has ever equated cross-strait ties with KMT-CPC ties. To the KMT, cross-strait relations have always meant relations between Taiwan and mainland China, particularly between the people on both sides of the strait, Yang said. In dealing with cross-strait ties, what the KMT is most concerned about is promoting the well-being of the Taiwanese people, he said. Also commenting on the issue, President Ma Ying-jeou said cross-strait relations are not ties between the KMT and CPC, but between Taiwan and the mainland. Ma said he would encourage Chu to visit the mainland to help the government promote cross-strait ties. (By Sunrise Huang and Y.F. Low)

Updated : 2021-09-18 09:07 GMT+08:00