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Xi Jinping welcomes Taiwan's AIIB bid

2015/05/04 19:30:32

Beijing, May 4 (CNA) Communist Party of China (CPC) General Secretary Xi Jinping (習近平) said Monday that mainland China welcomes Taiwan's bid to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), as an example of cross-strait economic cooperation.

Xi made the remarks during a meeting with Eric Chu (朱立倫), chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) in Beijing earlier in the day.

Xi said that both sides should make appropriate arrangement for Taiwan's participation in regional economic cooperation organizations based on "one China principle."

Both ruling parties in Taiwan and China should work harder to close the political gap, Xi, who is also Chinese president, said in his first meeting with Chu since he became CPC head in late 2012.

The two sides should strive to "establish a framework that maintains peaceful cross-strait development," Xi was quoted as saying by the Chinese state-run Xinhua Agency.

Xi said such efforts should be carried out within the terms of the "1992 consensus", an understanding that was reached between Taiwanese and Chinese representatives in 1992 that there is only one China but both sides are free to interpret what that means.

On their political differences, the two parties need to keep building up mutual trust and face difficult issues "dauntlessly," according to Xi.

The Chu-Xi meeting followed the precedent of three previous meetings between the leaders of the two parties in 2005, 2008 and 2009.

On those occasions, China's then-President and CPC General Secretary Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) met with the then KMT chairmen Lien Chan (連戰) in 2005 and Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) in 2008 and 2009.

After 2009, it became politically problematic for the leaders of both parties to meet since Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou took over as chairman of the KMT in October 2009.

(By Chou Hui-ying, Yin Chun-chieh and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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