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AP takes down report on KMT chair comments on unification

AP takes down report on KMT chair comments on unification

Taipei, May 5 (CNA) The Associated Press has withdrawn a report that quoted Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu as saying that his party supports unification with China during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the party said Tuesday. "The head of Taiwan's Nationalists reaffirmed the party's support for eventual unification with the mainland when he met Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of continuing rapprochement between the former bitter enemies," AP's correspondent in Beijing Christopher Bodeen wrote Monday. Describing the report on Chu's comments as non-factual and fabricated, Lin Yi-hua, head of the KMT's Culture and Communications Committee, said Chu did not broach the topic of unification with China during his recent visit to China. The AP rescinded the report after the KMT filed a serious complaint, Lin said. Chu returned to Taiwan early Tuesday after wrapping up a three-day visit, his first to China since assuming the KMT chairmanship early this year. Chu said he expressed to Xi during their talks that Taiwan hopes to participate in more international organizations, including the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Chu took over the KMT chairmanship from President Ma Ying-jeou in January after Ma stepped down to take responsibility for the party's election losses. (By Claudia Liu and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-09-26 08:18 GMT+08:00