Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China, shakes hands with Hung Hsiu-chu, leader of Taiwan’s Kuomintang party, in Beijing yesterday. Photo: Xinhua
Ensuring national integrity and protecting the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation is the common will of all Chinese people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, said Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party and President of China, while meeting a delegation led by Hung Hsiu-chu, chairperson of Taiwan’s Kuomintang (KMT) party, at the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday in Beijing.
During the meeting, Xi reiterated the importance of adherence to the 1992 Consensus and resolutely opposing forces supporting "Taiwan independence" several times, and also mentioned the meeting between former Chinese President Hu Jintao and the then KMT leader Lien Chan in 2005, which has made great contribution to the peaceful development of the relations across the Taiwan Strait.
Although the relations between the two parties across the Strait have seen ups and downs in history, the two sides have also cooperated with each other at some critical historical moments. Besides, cooperation between the two parties since 2008 has brought substantial benefits to the people on both sides of the Strait, Xi said during the meeting, adding that the realization of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is an irresistible trend of history.
Echoing Xi many times during the meeting, Hung, who visited Beijing with former KMT leader Wu Poh-hsiung, said the peaceful relations between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan should be attributed to the 1992 Consensus, and that her party, though not in office, will uphold their "mission" to promote "positive energy" across the Strait, and maintain bilateral stability and protect peace and economic development. This is Hung’s fist visit to Beijing as the party’s leader.
She also raised the possibility of achieving a peace agreement between the two sides, adding that KMT’s new party program is aimed at bringing benefits to the people and contending with the pro-independence forces.
(This article is translated and edited by Chunmei.)