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KMT head: Ma-Xi meeting significant step in cross-strait history

KMT head: Ma-Xi meeting significant step in cross-strait history

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) An upcoming meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) in Singapore will be a significant step in cross-Taiwan Strait history, ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman and presidential candidate Eric Chu (???) said Wednesday. Peace in the Taiwan Strait is an important basis for the KMT administration, Chu said during a visit to the southern city of Tainan to drum up support for KMT-nominated legislative candidates. He said he believes the Nov. 7 meeting between Ma and Xi will be a very important step in cross-strait history, and expressed hope that the meeting will help consolidate the peaceful development across the strait. Both sides of the strait must continue to engage with each other and promote cooperation to achieve a win-win situation based on peaceful development, Chu said. He expressed hope that the meeting will help make strides in the future development of cross-strait ties based on KMT policy, in which the "1992 consensus" plays a key role. The consensus is a tacit understanding between the KMT government and Beijing that there is only one China, with each side free to interpret what "one China" means. The Ma-Xi meeting is expected to help consolidate mutual trust across the strait, reduce tension and have a positive impact on cross-strait negotiations, including talks on the trade-in-goods pact, he said. Such a meeting has been under discussion for about two years, he added. In response to questions about the opposition Democratic Progressive Party's criticism of the meeting as a secretive "black-box" one, Chu urged DPP politicians not to oppose anything related to China. The meeting is about a stable development of cross-strait relations, he said. Earlier in the day, the DPP legislative caucus said it will not accept a "black-box" meeting between Ma and Xi, which it said evades legislative oversight. The DPP is also questioning the timing and justification of the meeting and has demanded an explanation of the abrupt announcement of the meeting, according to party spokesman Cheng Yun-peng (???). (By Claudia Liu, Chang Jung-hsiang and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-23 09:53 GMT+08:00