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Lien's trip aimed at cross-strait peace, regional stability: aide

Taipei, Aug. 30 (CNA) Cementing cross-strait peace and boosting regional stability are the aims of former Kuomintang (KMT, ???) Chairman Lien Chan's (??) upcoming visit to China, an aide of Lien said on Sunday. "The peaceful development of cross-strait relations and regional stability are the main goals of Lien's trip to China," said Chang Jung-kung (???), former deputy secretary-general of the ruling KMT, when asked by reporters about the visit, which has been criticized by both the ruling and opposition parties. Over the past 10 years, Lien's dealings with China have always been conducted on the basis of equality and dignity, and the decision to attend commemorative events in China was made out of concern for the security and stability of Taiwan, he said. Despite much criticism of the planned trip later Sunday, Chang indicated that Lien will fly to China as scheduled. Before attending a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Eight-Year Resistance War against Japan in Beijing on Sept.3, Lien will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) on Sept. 1. On Saturday, President Ma Ying-jeou urged Lien to cancel his plans to attend the military parade in Beijing, as the war was won by the Republic of China led by late President Chiang Kai-shek (???). "It is the stance of the ROC Government that it is not appropriate (for Lien) to attend the military parade in China and the Presidential Office and Mainland Affairs Council have been very clear in this regard," Ma said. Vice President Wu Den-yih (???) also asked Lien to stick to the historical facts and to reiterate, in Beijing, that the eight-year war against Japan was won by the ROC, which he said was the expectation of Taiwan's people and the ROC government. Frank Hsieh (???), a former premier and a senior member of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, urged Lien to rethink his China trip. "Both the ruling and opposition camps deem the trip to be inappropriate and Lien should reconsider his decision," Hsieh said. (By C.C. Hsieh and Flor Wang)

Updated : 2021-09-28 09:25 GMT+08:00