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Cross-strait links should not be tied to party ideology: KMT chairman

Taipei, April 12 (CNA) Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (???) said Sunday that it is in Taiwan's best interest not to link party ideology to cross-Taiwan Strait affairs. "Cross-strait relations should not be constrained by ideology, and should be free from party or individual maneuvering," Chu said, when asked to comment on a recent statement on the issue by the chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Tsai Ing-wen (???), who is seeking the DPP's nomination to run in the 2016 presidential election, said Saturday that President Ma Ying-jeou's government has been conflating relations between the KMT and the Communist Party of China (CPC) with cross-strait ties. Tsai said 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 relations and cross-strait relations. In response, Chu, who is also the mayor of Taiwan's most populous city New Taipei, said cross-strait relations mean relations between Taiwan and mainland China. KMT-CPC relations are ties between the two political parties, similar to the links between civil groups and between cities on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, he said. People should not confuse the ties or try to "discredit" the KMT-CPC links, Chu added. He said it is in Taiwan's best interests for cross-strait relations to be free from party ideology. Meanwhile, Chu said Sunday that he will lead his party's delegation to the KMT's annual forum with the Communist Party of China (CPC) May 2-3 in Shanghai. He will be the first incumbent KMT chairman to visit China since 2008 when the KMT regained power. (By Justine Su and Elizabeth Hsu)

Updated : 2021-09-23 01:43 GMT+08:00