KMT’s interim chief stresses
cross-Strait ties development
By Wang Di and Chen Binhua
Taiwan’s deputy leader Wu Den-yih on Wednesday of December 17 stressed the promotion of cross-Strait relations, saying it is vital to the island’s survival and development.
Wu, who is acting chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party, made the remarks at a meeting of the party’s Central Standing Committee.
“We should have firm confidence in boosting the institutionalization of the cross-Strait ties and maintaining benign interaction between the two sides in a bid to seek sustainable stability and prosperity on the basis of adhering to the 1992 Consensus,” Wu said.
The chairman noted that the results of the recent local elections in which the KMT suffered a crushing defeat cannot be regarded as the public attitude toward the cross-Strait relations development, but the authorities’ drive for ties with the mainland will be affected by the change of circumstances.
Wu urged the administrative authorities to increase communication with the people and ensure the benefits of economic cooperation across the Taiwan Strait can be shared equally among the general public.
Chinese mainland vows
no change in developing cross-Strait ties
By Cheng Zhuo
The mainland will not change its policies regarding the promotion of relations with Taiwan, a Chinese mainland spokeswoman said on Wednesday of December 17.
Fan Liqing, spokeswoman with the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, made the remarks at a press conference in response to a question on possible impacts on cross-Strait ties after the island’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Party suffered a defeat in local elections last month.
Fan said the mainland will give no comment on the election results but noted that the mainland’s opposition against “Taiwan independence” is “firm and unshakable.”
Moreover, she said the mainland’s stance to Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party is very clear, as always.
She also urged the island to make efforts to advance the development of cross-Strait ties and ensure cross-Strait peace and stability when issuing policies.
“We wish the cross-Strait ties may maintain its steady development and that compatriots on both sides may make joint efforts in protecting the results in the development,” Fan said. “We wish that the KMT may join the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the two sides of the Strait may also join hands to make further efforts to advance the ties on the common political basis.”
Fan expressed her appreciation to the achievements the two sides have made on the basis of adhering to the 1992 Consensus and opposition of “Taiwan independence” since 2008.
She wished success for the upcoming KMT chairmanship election in Taiwan after Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou stepped down as the chairman and said that previous good practices of positive communications between the CPC and KMT and between the two parties’ leaders should be further carried on.
Also, the spokeswoman revealed that the CPC and the KMT have been keeping in touch with each other on issues regarding the 10th Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Culture Forum, a key communication platform between the mainland and Taiwan.