Yok Mu-ming evokes spirit of Sun Yat-sen on Nanjing stop The head of Taiwan's hardline pro-unification New Party called yesterday for concerted efforts to bring the island and the mainland back to unison. 'The late [Chinese republic] founder Dr Sun Yat-sen had hoped that China could be united and strong. Those of us in Taiwan have yet to fulfil his mission and being a member of the Chinese race we must follow his spirit in striving to achieve [cross-strait] unification,' party chairman Yok Mu-ming said. He made the remarks after leading a 30-member delegation to pay tribute at the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing . The group was on the second leg of an eight-day visit that started in Guangzhou on Wednesday and will end in Beijing next Wednesday. Before leaving the mausoleum for the Nanking Massacre Memorial, Mr Yok wrote an inscription 'Remembering Dr Sun'. He was again following in the footsteps of counterparts Lien Chan, of the Kuomintang, and James Soong Chu-yu, of the People First Party, during their back-to-back visits to the mausoleum in April and May. At the memorial hall, Taipei city councillor Hou Kuan-chun represented Mr Yok in reading a eulogy and urged the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to abandon their grudges as soon as possible and make concerted efforts to promote peace, prosperity and cross-strait reunification. 'Discord among the people and secession of the nation will only result in contempt, bullying and killing by others,' he read. Nanjing Communist Party Secretary Luo Zhijun welcomed the New Party delegation yesterday. The delegation's trip coincides with the anniversary of the start of the Sino-Japanese war in 1937. Pro-independence politicians in Taiwan have harshly criticised Mr Yok for trying to play the so-called 'China card' to increase the visibility of his tiny opposition party. But Mr Yok has rejected the criticism, saying all he wants is to further the best interests of the two sides of the strait in coping with future global challenges. He has said that most people in Taiwan cannot deny they are of Chinese origin. Mr Yok is expected to meet President Hu Jintao in Beijing on Tuesday afternoon. Party officials say he will not touch on any practical administrative issues during the meeting but will try to reach spiritual consensus over the disputed Diaoyu Islands. That may include whether the Diaoyu Islands are administered by Taiwan's Ilan county and whether the two sides of the strait should jointly safeguard the sovereignty of the islands, which Japan also claims.