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KMT chief calls for continued cooperation across Taiwan Strait

2015/05/04 12:52:30

KMT Chairman Eric Chu (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Beijing, May 4 (CNA) Eric Chu (朱立倫), chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT), said Monday that he hopes Taiwan and China will continue to work together based on the consensus the two sides reached in 1992 and to help bring about cooperation between their future generations.

"Hopefully the two sides can promote cooperation based on the '1992 consensus' and to work together on issues such as regional peace, environmental protection and economic cooperation," Chu said in his opening remarks at a high-level meeting between the KMT and the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Both Taiwan and China "can present our ideals together in the Asia Pacific region and to make a contribution," he said.

"And this would be making a contribution to the future development of cross-strait relations, or the deepening of the 1992 consensus and the promotion of cooperation between our future generations," Chu said.

According to the so-called 1992 consensus, both Taiwan and China subscribe to the concept of there being only one China, with the two sides free to interpret what that one China means.

In his opening remarks, Chu described the 1992 consensus as saying that "both sides belong to one China but with each side ascribing different contents and definitions to the concept of one China."

He made the comments at the start of a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平).

Chu also said that Taiwan's younger generation would like to see the two sides work together on efforts to promote regional economic integration, including the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, "One Belt, One Road" and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

(By Chou Hui-ying and Jay Chen)

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