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KMT lays out vision for peaceful development of cross-strait ties

2017/08/20 19:55:39

New KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) The national congress of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) on Sunday approved a new policy platform that revolves around a vision for the peaceful development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations and respect for the "1992 consensus on one China with respective interpretations."

In the KMT's new platform, one of the goals is to re-establish dialogue with China by holding bilateral forums to discuss issues relating to economics, trade, culture and peace.

The platform seeks to develop mutual understanding and a pathway to peace between Taiwan and China.

Under the leadership of the KMT's new Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) who took office Sunday, the party has changed its cross-strait policy to one of pursuing a vision of peace.

It is a change from the party's policy under former KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), which sought to attain a peace accord to end the standoff between Taiwan and China.

The KMT said, however, that it will retain its five-point proposal for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, which was formulated during a historical meeting between then KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and Communist Party of China General Secretary Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) in Beijing in 2005.

The proposal advocated promptly resuming cross-strait negotiations, ending hostilities by signing a peace treaty, and boosting cross-strait economic exchanges while establishing mechanisms for economic cooperation.

It also promoted negotiations to address the issue of Taiwan's participation in international organizations, and the establishment of a "normalized" communication channel between the KMT and the Communist Party of China (CPC).

The Lien-Hu meeting took place 56 years after the KMT-led Republic of China government withdrew from mainland China and it marked an end to the longstanding hostility between the KMT and CPC.

Under its new policy platform, the KMT will seek to continue the guidelines set by former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) for the development of peaceful and stable cross-strait links.

In its platform, the KMT said it is strongly opposed to Taiwan independence and that it knows the two sides of the strait cannot achieve a mutually beneficial situation unless they work together, based on the "1992 consensus on one China with different interpretations."

The "1992 consensus" refers to a tacit understanding reached in 1992 between China and Taiwan, which was then under a KMT government, that there is only one China, with both sides free to interpret what that means.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Elizabeth Hsu)
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