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Members of KMT delegation at Hung-Xi meeting finalized

2016/10/29 23:12:24

Hung Hsiu-chu (front, right second), CNA file photo

Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA) The six people who will travel with opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) to China for a cross-strait forum have been finalized.

In addition to Hung, the other six members on the delegation are KMT Vice Chairmen Jason Hu (胡志強) and Steve Chan (詹啟賢), Huang Ching-hsien(黃清賢), director of the party's Department of Mainland Affairs, Tsai Cheng-yuan (蔡正元), executive director of KMT's Policy Committee, former deputy secretary general Chang Jung-kung (張榮恭) and Taipei City Council Speaker Wu Bi-chu (吳碧珠).

Hung will lead the seven-member delegation to China on Sunday night and visit Dr. Sun Yat-sen's mausoleum in Nanjing on Oct. 31.

On Nov. 1, a high-profile meeting between Hung and Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平), who also serves as the Communist Party of China general secretary, will be held in Beijing.

It will be followed by the two-day Cross-strait Peace Development Forum -- the new title for the annual meeting between the two parties since 2006 -- that opens on Nov. 2.

Wang Hung-wei (王鴻薇), spokeswoman for the delegation, said Chang took part in the 2005 meeting between then KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and Chinese leader Hu Jintao (胡錦濤), and has plenty of experience in meeting Chinese leaders.

Wang said the Hung-Xi meeting will be a continuation of past KMT leaders' meetings with Chinese leaders.

But the significance of this encounter is that while the KMT has lost power, it has maintained the communications platform despite a cooling in cross-strait relations since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) assumed office in May.

Tsai has not recognized the "1992 consensus," which China sees as a political basis for exchanges.

The "1992 consensus" as perceived by the previous Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) administration refers to a tacit understanding between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait that there is only one China, with both sides free to interpret its meaning.

Mainland Affairs Council Vice Chairman Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said Saturday all cross-strait exchanges must conform with the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, and it "would be inappropriate for the KMT to sign related agreements (with China) without authorization from the government."

In response, Wang said there are no plans to sign any agreements.

(By Claudia Liu and Lilian Wu)