Kuomintang chairman plans to continue exchanges with China

Kuomintang chairman plans to continue exchanges with China
Kuomintang Chairman Eric Chu.

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu said yesterday that as the party's chairman, he will continue attending exchange meetings between the KMT and China's Communist Party, which were started in 2005.

Chu said that as the current chairman, he will continue to engage in these meetings, saying that they will positively contribute to citizens of both Taiwan and China.

Exchange Forums

Invited by the Asia-Pacific Taiwan Federation of Industry & Commerce, Chu attended the Taiwan-Hong Kong Forum where the media asked whether he would be present at the Trade and Culture Forum.

Media also asked Chu whether he would be prepared to meet Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping

There would be no element of surprise over whether the KMT decides to attend the Trade and Culture Forum since it has happened before, Chu said.

In its ninth year, the Trade and Culture Forum has been attended by KMT honorary Chairman Lien Chan and Wu Po-hsiung.

Wu attended as proxy to the then-Chairman Ma Ying-jeou due to "sensitive circumstances," Chu said.

When asked by media on his thoughts on the "1992 Consensus," Chu said that it was a "redundant question since the KMT believes in the continuation of the agreement."

After the forum, Chu met with Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at a banquet.

MAC Response

Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Andrew Hsia said it is currently not suitable to discuss going beyond the "1992 Consensus."

Chu's father-in-law, Kao Yu-ren said recently "for the future of Taiwan and China, the "1992 Consensus" must be surpassed and Taiwan must head into political consultation territory in order to maintain peace."

Hsia responded and said that Kao's comments are his own personal opinions.

2016 Presidential Bid

Responding to inquiries about whether he would be running for president, Chu said that the presidential race is very important to the KMT and needs a "complete layout" plan.

It is crucial that the KMT strictly enforce their policies in order to gain voter support, Chu said.

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