‘KMT leader to meet Xi Jinping’ ahead of annual talks with Communist Party
Leaders of Taiwan’s opposition Kuomintang and the mainland’s Communist Party are expected to meet next month in Beijing in their first talks since the KMT lost January’s presidential election.
Hung Hsiu-chu, who became the KMT’s first chairwoman in March, would meet Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping on November 1 before the two parties held their annual meeting over the following two days, a source close to the KMT said.
“Hung will travel to Nanjing on October 30 and pay respects to late KMT leader Dr Sun Yat-sen at his mausoleum the next day before heading to Beijing on November 1,” the source said.
After talks with Xi, Hung would take part in a cross-strait forum between the two parties on November 2-3 before returning to Taiwan the next day, he said.
The source said Xi and Hung would focus on cross-strait peace, economic development and civilian exchanges in their talks.
“Hung may touch on the KMT party asset issue if Xi is interested,” the source said, referring to a probe by the government of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party into the KMT’s alleged ill-gotten assets.
The DPP’s Tsai Ing-wen took power with a landslide victory in January’s election. The KMT has criticised her government’s investigation into the KMT’s assets as a political witch-hunt.
The assets include those obtained by the KMT since it set up a government in Taiwan after its defeat by the Communists in the civil war in 1949. Losing the assets could affect the KMT’s chances of regaining power.
The KMT mended fences with the Communist Party after former KMT chairman Lien Chan made an ice-breaking trip to the mainland in 2005 and held a historic meeting with former president Hu Jintao.
The November 2-3 meeting will be the 11th since the two parties started their first cross-strait forum in 2006. According to the KMT, the forum this year will be rebadged as the Cross-Strait Peace Development Forum – it used to be the Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Culture Forum.
“We hope that through the forum, our two sides can come up with proposals to maintain peace and the stable development of the two sides,” the KMT said.
Some 200 people from Taiwan and the mainland will take part in the event to discuss ways to promote economic and cultural exchanges now the DPP is in government in Taiwan.