President Hu meets with KMT honorary chairman

08:52, May 11, 2011      

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The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee General Secretary Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with Wu Poh-Hsiung, honorary chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) Party, in Beijing, capital of China, May 10, 2011. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee General Secretary Hu Jintao met with Wu Poh-Hsiung, honorary chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) Party, in Beijing on Tuesday.

Wu was in Beijing after attending the seventh Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Culture Forum, which closed Sunday in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province.

Hu said the past three years has witnessed a slew of breakthroughs and historic changes in cross-Strait ties, following a meeting between Hu and Wu in May 2008 in which both sides agreed to usher in a new era of peaceful development in cross-Strait relations.

Cross-Strait negotiations have continued and systematic arrangements for cross-Strait exchanges have been made over the past three years, Hu said, listing the signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) and the expansion of people-to-people exchanges as examples of cooperation between the two sides.

Hu stressed that both sides should cement their political foundations and expand consultations in order to create more favorable conditions for the development of cross-Strait ties.

Hu said that both parties should continue their efforts to oppose secessionists seeking "Taiwanese independence" and stick to the 1992 Consensus, wherein both sides of the Taiwan Strait adhere to the one-China principle.

Furthermore, both sides should continue to build mutual trust and properly handle problems that are likely to surface in cross-Strait relations, Hu said.

Hu also called on both sides to make greater efforts toward the implementation of the ECFA, signed by both sides in June of last year, and to actively engage in timely follow-up discussions regarding investment security.

Hu urged efforts to ensure that people from both sides benefit from cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation.

Wu Poh-Hsiung said that sticking to the 1992 Consensus and opposing "Taiwan independence" are the very cornerstones of peaceful development of cross-Strait ties.

Wu said compatriots on both sides belong to the Chinese nation, and economic cooperation and cultural exchanges have brought both sides closer.

"The peaceful development of Cross-Strait relations has been steered on the right track of history, which brooks no obstruction or regress. We should treasure the hard-won progress, tide over difficulties and continue to forge ahead," said Wu.
Source: Xinhua
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