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KMT honorary chairman calls for respect for ROC's existence
Central News Agency
2014-02-18 11:18 PM
Beijing, Feb. 18 (CNA) Lien Chan, an honorary chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT), urged the leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in a meeting Tuesday that the reality of the existence of the Republic of China should be faced by all. "People should look at the ROC squarely. Face it, not ignore it," Lien was quoted as saying by his office's spokesman, Ting Yuan-chao. Ting said Lien made the remarks while talking about a "one China" framework, which Beijing advocates for handling cross-Taiwan Strait relations, in his closed-door meeting with Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC and also China's president. Citing Lien, Ting said the ROC is an "asset" rather than a "liability" in the development of cross-strait ties. Under this premise, "we must face the reality in a pragmatic manner. Only with consensus can the two sides work to solidify peace during their exchanges and promote development through cooperation," Lien was quoted as saying. During the meeting, Xi reportedly said that Taiwan and China belong to "one country," that the people of Taiwan and China are of the "same race" and that based on such a reality, he will respect the Taiwanese people's choice of their social system and way of life. "We treat our Taiwanese compatriots equally and welcome whoever is willing to promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, irrespective of their previous political positions," he said, referring to those who call for Taiwan independence. Xi said he believes the Chinese people, including those in Taiwan, have the wisdom to find a key to solve the knotty issue of the political differences between the two sides of the strait. Lien and his delegation of more than 80 people, mostly from Taiwan's private sector, arrived in Beijing a day earlier, where they were greeted at a reception hosted by Zhang Zhijun, head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office. The delegation is scheduled to return to Taiwan Thursday. (By Lawrence Chiu, S.C. Chang and Elizabeth Hsu)
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