Cross-strait relations have entered transformation period: Lien
Central News Agency
2014-02-19 11:25 PM
Beijing, Feb. 19 (CNA) Taiwan-China ties have entered a "crucial stage" and are preparing to undergo "a transformation," veteran Taiwanese politician Lien Chan said Wednesday in Beijing, where he is visiting in his capacity as honorary chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT).

Cross-strait relations are like "a butterfly pupa in its cocoon" ready to bite its way out and become a "beautiful butterfly," Lien said in an address during a meeting with Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of China's National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Since 2012, there have been many "joyful" developments in bilateral ties, but there are still major issues which require cooperation to overcome, such as a joint effort to participate in regional economic integration, Lien said.

Lien divided the development of the cross-strait relations into three stages. The "consolidation stage" began in 2005, when Lien first visited China in his capacity as then-KMT chairman, he said.

When the KMT regained power in 2008, Taiwan and China entered the second stage of "deepening" ties, he said, during which the two sides signed 19 agreements and pushed cross-strait ties to the highest point they had seen since the Republic of China government moved to Taiwan in 1949.

The third and current stage began in 2012 -- the "crucial stage" -- which will see both sides ready to embrace a breakthrough, he said. Lien and his delegation of more than 80, mostly representatives of Taiwan's private sector, arrived in Beijing on Feb. 17, where they began a four-day visit. On Wednesday, the delegation held a conference with representatives from various Chinese sectors at the Diaoyutai State Guest House. Lien and his delegation are scheduled to return to Taiwan Thursday. (By Lawrence Chiu and Elizabeth Hsu)

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