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KMT chairman gives speech at Chinese University

Shanghai, May 2 (CNA) Eric Chu (???), chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT), gave a speech at Fudan University in Shanghai Saturday in which he urged China's young people to think about what they can do for future generations. Chu said that both Taiwan and China have undergone periods of rapid economic growth during which people's incomes have increased 10 times. While the older generation tends to focus on achieving economic success, income is no longer the main consideration of the younger generation, because what matters to them is what they can pass down to the next generation, he said. Many young people in Taiwan, for example, say that money is no longer the most important thing and that they are pursuing different ideals, he said. Besides economic success, young people should pursue a society that is fair, just and one that pays attention to social responsibility, he added. When asked during a question-and-answer session about the mixed response in Taiwan toward his visit to China, Chu said criticism is natural in a pluralistic society like Taiwan, and it is most important to stick to one's ideals. He stressed that no matter what he does, he will make sure that he does his job to the best of his ability. On what steps the KMT will take to increase its attraction for young people, Chu said the party needs to keep abreast of the times and make good use of the Internet to communicate with the public. The party needs also to work to narrow the gap between rich and poor, which he said is a result of overemphasis on economic growth and prosperity. Chu, who is also mayor of New Taipei, arrived in Shanghai earlier that day at the head of a 100-member delegation to attend an annual economic and cultural forum between the KMT and the Communist Party of China (CPC). The highlight of Chu's three-day visit will be his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (???), who is CPC general secretary and the top leader of China. The meeting, which will take place in Beijing Monday, will follow those between Chu's predecessors Lien Chan (??) and Wu Poh-hsiung (???) and then-CPC General Secretary Hu Jintao (???), respectively. But it will be only the third time a KMT chief has held talks with his CPC counterpart when the KMT is in power in Taiwan. The two previous meetings took place in 2008 and 2009, when Wu was KMT chairman. (By Wu Chia-sheng and Y.F. Low)

Updated : 2021-09-24 14:56 GMT+08:00