Talks have taken place in Beijing between the Communist Party of China and Taiwan's Kuomintang party. Chen Chen-hsiang, vice-chairman of the Kuomintang, and his delegation met on Friday with Zhang Zhijun, head of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office.
The exchange focused on relations between the two parties and cross-Strait ties, with the aim of promoting exchanges, cooperation, and stability of cross-Strait relations. These talks come after discussions between Kuomintang Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing last month, aimed at promoting cross-strait peace.
Officials of the two sides reiterated the 1992 Consensus, and said both sides will continue to promote cross-strait relations and cooperation in various fields, especially non-governmental exchanges. The Kuomintang delegation, comprising members of the party’s administration and think tanks, is also to attend a trade fair in Beijing tomorrow to promote agricultural products and tourist attractions in eight counties and municipalities in Taiwan.
"We believe that the '1992 Consensus' is important and can be a common political basis for exchange between two political parties, because it answers the fundamental issue that the two sides of the strait are one country, not two countries. This common ground is the guiding principle for ensuring the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations," Zhang Zhijun said.
"The 1992 Consensus is not only a guideline for the Kuomintang to deepen the development of cross-Strait relations, but also has won the support of mainstream public opinion in Taiwan. Although our Party is in a difficult situation, our determination to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and benefit the people on both sides will not change,” said Chen Chen-hsiang.