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China-Taiwan ties to stay peaceful under Xi: China official

2012/11/20 22:29:18

Sanming, China, Nov. 20 (CNA) China will continue pursuing the peaceful and stable development of its relations with Taiwan under the new leadership unveiled at the end of the Communist Party of China's (CPC's) week-long congress last week, a Chinese official said Tuesday.

China-Taiwan relations will maintain their current course, with both parties cherishing the hard-won gains of peace and seeking common ground while respecting each other's differences, China's Taiwan affairs chief Wang Yi was quoted as saying by Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung after the two met in Sanming, Fujian Province, earlier in the day.

The meeting was the first of its kind between ranking officials of the KMT and the CPC following the party congress that ended Nov. 14, when a once-a-decade transition of power took place.

The congress ended with outgoing Chinese President Hu Jintao handing over the party helm to Xi Jinping, and seven members of the CPC's new Politburo Standing Committee -- the party's top decision-making body -- being unveiled.

Wu also praised Wang's contributions to the development of Taiwan-China relations, but declined to comment on any possible change in Wang's appointment following the leadership change.

Some of Wang's opinions are highly valued by Beijing, and if there is any change, it might come to light in a few days, Wu said.

Wu, who arrived in China Sunday, was also scheduled to attend the opening of a world Hakka assembly Tuesday. On Thursday, Wu is scheduled to visit an ancestral site in Yongding, Fujian, before proceeding to Guangzhou, Guangdong Province Nov. 24.

(By Cheng Chung-sheng and Scully Hsiao)
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