KMT chairwoman Hung expected to meet President Xi in Beijing
Oct 24, 2016GeneralComments Off on KMT chairwoman Hung expected to meet President Xi in Beijing
Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (???) will lead a delegation to attend a cross-Taiwan Strait forum in Beijing and meet with Xi Jinping (???), China's president and chairman of the Chinese Communist Party's (CPC), KMT officials said on Monday.
Hung will depart for China on Oct. 30, pay a visit to Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum in Nanjing on Oct. 31 and meet with Xi on Nov. 1 in Beijing, prior to the two-day forum set for Nov. 2-3 in the Chinese capital, said the KMT officials.
An Fengshan (???), Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman, also said in a news release on Monday that Hung will lead a KMT delegation to visit Nanjing and Beijing from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3.
An said all activities are under negotiation and communication, without mentioning any information about the expected meeting between Xi and Hung.
Around 200 people from Taiwan and China will participate in the forum, named "Cross-Strait Peace Development Forum" this time.
The forum, formerly called the Cross-Strait Trade, Economy and Culture Forum, has been held 10 times since 2006.
The participants will discuss topics ranging from politics to the economy, society, culture and the youth.
The two sides will also discuss ways to boost political mutual confidence and healthy interaction, new economic development and cross-strait cooperation, deepening of cross-strait people's interaction, cultural inheritance and innovation, and exploration of new visions respectively, said the KMT officials.
Representatives from Chinese Federation of Labour, National Farmers' Association, the Republic of China; Taiwan Junior Chamber, the 21st Century Foundation and other Taiwanese groups will join the forum, said the KMT officials.
It will be the first time that Hung visits China since becoming the head of the KMT on March 30 and also the first visit by a KMT chief since the party lost the presidency and its legislative majority to the Democratic Progressive Party in January elections.