James Soong is under pressure to clarify his views on Taiwan's political status Beijing will be listening closely when People First Party (PFP) chairman James Soong Chu-yu delivers a speech at Tsinghua University today. What the opposition party leader says could determine the outcome of his talks with President Hu Jintao tomorrow, according to a senior mainland official in charge of Taiwan affairs. Sun Yafu , vice-director of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, made the comment during a briefing at the university for those invited to hear the speech, sources said. The speech would be one of the keys to determining whether the meeting between Mr Soong and Mr Hu would lead to a breakthrough on cross-strait relations, Mr Sun said. Sources said Mr Sun also told the audience of Tsinghua University staff and students on Monday that the central government still had many questions regarding Mr Soong's position on the island's political status, and today's speech would be an opportunity for him to clarify his views. Beijing has been watching Mr Soong's mainland tour carefully. Top leaders have been concerned about his frequent references to the 'Republic of China' and his suggestion that democracy is a unifying principle of the Chinese people. The government has decided against live broadcasts of some appearances because of its concerns. The Beijing-backed Ta Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po reported that Mr Sun also said the mainland was willing to talk with Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian, but the island's leader would have to accept the '1992 consensus' which recognises 'one China' while allowing each side to have its own interpretation of what that means. Tsinghua University revealed yesterday that it would pull out all the stops for Mr Soong's visit, in an apparent attempt to upstage Peking University, which recently hosted Kuomintang chairman Lien Chan. Tsinghua vice-president Gong Ke said everyone was excited and working hard on the arrangements for Mr Soong's two-hour stay. 'We are eager to have Mr Soong come to Tsinghua because he supports the one-China principle and is adamantly opposed to Taiwan independence,' said Dr Gong. 'His speech here will be a historic moment.' About 650 people, reportedly chosen through a random draw, will be allowed to attend the speech and question-and-answer session. The speech will be broadcast live on the university's website. After the speech, Mr Soong's entourage will be given an extended tour of the campus, which was founded in 1911 with help from the US government. His stops will include the Qing dynasty-era Gongzi office and buildings where President Hu and former premier Zhu Rongji studied.