PFP chair visits Beijing in bid to improve links with China
Central News Agency
2014-05-06 09:25 PM
Taipei, May 6 (CNA) People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong said Tuesday before leaving on trip to Beijing that he hoped his visit would help stabilize cross-Taiwan Strait relations in the future. Soong said his trip to China is not related to any individual election campaign or political party. Since 2005, he has been promoting cross-strait peace with the aim of fostering understanding and reconciliation between the two sides, he said at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport before his departure. Taiwan has undergone some changes over the past few years, Soong noted, adding that he hopes China will gain a better understanding of Taiwan. The PFP chairman said he will take every opportunity to work for peaceful development of cross-strait relations. He said he was saddened by the antagonism in the society, which became evident during the Sunflower Student Movement, a series of protests led by a coalition of students and civic groups March 18- April 10. Taiwan will progress by improving communication, showing respect for diverse views and gaining a better understanding of controversial issues, Soong said. The country's values of democracy and government by the people should be upheld, he said, adding that peaceful cross-strait relations are of vital importance and should also be maintained. Soong, who arrived in Beijing Monday evening with his delegation, is likely to meet with Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and a member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China, according to sources. The PFP chairman is also expected to meet with Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office, the sources said. Soong and his delegation will return to Taiwan Friday. His last visit to China was for the Shanghai World Expo 2010. (By Bien Chen-feng and Evelyn Kao)
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