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KMT chairman taking 'pragmatic' approach to China trip

KMT chairman taking 'pragmatic' approach to China trip

Taipei, May 1 (CNA) Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (???) said Friday that he has adopted a pragmatic approach toward his upcoming trip to China, his first since taking over as head of the ruling party in January. "Whether in terms of the members of the delegation, the theme of the trip and the exchanges planned, I have adopted a pragmatic manner," Chu said. Chu will depart for Shanghai on Saturday to attend the 10th regular forum between the KMT and the Communist Party of China (CPC) on May 3 and travel to Beijing the following day to meet Chinese leader and CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping (???). Critics of Chu's trip contend that relations between Taiwan and China should be conducted through official and semi-official bodies of the two countries' governments rather than between parties and worry that he could make commitments to Xi without government oversight. But the KMT chairman said the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have held exchanges for many years with many people taking part and what was important was to create a better Taiwan for the benefit of future generations. He urged the public to see any form of exchanges with China by any political party in a positive light, and said that just as there are KMT-CPC exchanges, there should certainly be exchanges between the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the CPC. "But we have to ask with a high degree of curiosity why that link is missing," Chu asked, referring to DPP-CPC ties. Chu also insisted his visit will be completely transparent.
"There will be no 'black-box' operations, no secret meetings. We will use an open and transparent approach so that everybody can see cross-strait relations in a positive manner," he said. The KMT chairman said he briefed President Ma Ying-jeou (???) about his trip, and Ma made some suggestions. Chu will also brief the public on his meeting with Xi after it happens, he said. Chu, the first incumbent KMT chairman to visit China, is expected to exchange views on cross-strait relations and the welfare of the people in Taiwan and China in his meeting with Xi. Chu's delegation will include KMT Vice Chairman Huang Min-hui (???), KMT Secretary-General Lee Shu-chuan (???), KMT Mainland Affairs Department Director Kao Koong-lian (???) and National Policy Foundation Chief Executive Yiin Chii-ming (???). Chu will also meet the faculty of Peking University on May 5.
(By Tai Ya-chen, Kelven Huang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-18 04:49 GMT+08:00