Top political advisor stresses cross-Strait political mutual trust

 

Yu Zhengsheng (right), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political

Consultative Conference, and Kuomintang Honorary Chairman Lien Chan (front, L) attend

a cross-Strait forum with deputies from a wide range of sectors in Beijing,  on February 19, 2014.

Photo by Liu Weibing

 

Yu Zhengsheng (2nd from right), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s

Political Consultative Conference, and Kuomintang Honorary Chairman Lien Chan (3rd from right)

attend a cross-Strait forum with deputies from a wide range of sectors in Beijing, on February 19,

2014.   Photo by Liu Weibing

 

 

 

 

Top political advisor

stresses cross-Strait

political mutual trust

 

 

By Yang Hui

 

Top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng on Wednesday of February 19 said that enhancing political mutual trust and consolidating common ground are key for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

Yu, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, made the remarks while addressing a symposium attended by a delegation led by Lien Chan, honorary chairman of Taiwan’s Kuomintang party, on Wednesday afternoon.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, met with Lien on Tuesday and elaborated the concept that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are of one family and expressed the aspiration to jointly realize the Chinese dream.

“This fully demonstrates the mainland’s sincerity and willingness to promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and seek the revitalization of the Chinese nation,” Yu said.

Yu described the mainland and Taiwan as a “common homeland” for both sides, saying that maintaining and building it well is “our common aspiration.”

Enhancing political mutual trust and consolidating common ground are the key to guarantee the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, Yu said. “Cross-Strait ties will move forward steadily only if the two sides maintain and deepen common understanding of the One-China principle on the basis of adhering to the 1992 Consensus and opposing ‘Taiwan independence’.”

He called on the two sides to deepen communication and cooperation in various fields and promote the consultation on relevant topics, and let more grassroots people to participate in cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation.

Lien said the he hopes there will be broader contact and communication between mainland and Taiwan via diversified participation of people from all walks of life in Taiwan.

Lien, chairman of a foundation on cross-Strait development, is visiting Beijing from Monday to Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

TAIPEI

 

Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou

hails Zhang-Wang meeting

 

 

By Yao Yuan, Li Hanfang and Wu Jihai

 

The meeting between Taiwan’s chief official on cross-Strait affairs and his mainland counterpart achieved expected goals, Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou said on Wednesday of February 19.

Speaking at a high-level Kuomintang session, Ma praised the meeting between Taiwan’s mainland affairs chief Wang Yu-chi and Zhang Zhijun, head of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, earlier this month in the Chinese mainland.

The historic meeting, the first between the two sides’ cross-Strait affairs chiefs since 1949, saw the mainland and Taiwan agree to regular communication between their cross-Strait affairs departments.

It has been a good start for the two sides to enhance mutual trust and deepen and widen cross-Strait exchanges, Ma said.

He said Zhang was expected to visit Taiwan for further discussions.

Ma also hailed the ongoing mainland visit by Kuomintang honorary chairman Lien Chan as being helpful to cross-Strait relations.

Such meetings “the more, the better,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

TAIPEI

 

 

Former Taiwan negotiator

urges restoration of

unification guidelines

 

 

By Yao Yuan, Wu Jihai and Li Hanfang

 

A former leader of Taiwan’s negotiators wants Taiwan to start to use the guidelines for national unification again.

The principles, which guided Taiwan’s mainland policies before it was abolished in 2006, should come back into force to fit current cross-Straits relations, Pang Chien-kuo, former vice secretary-general of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), told Xinhua. The SEF has played a major role in the island’s negotiations with the mainland.

The move would enhance political mutual trust in the short term, while helping peaceful unification in the long run, he said.

Endorsed by Taiwan’s “National Unification Council” in 1991, the guidelines were abrogated by pro-independence leader Chen Shui-bian. The current Kuomintang leadership make no use of the guidelines or the council.

According to Pang, cross-Straits relations have moved from “reciprocal exchanges” to “mutual trust cooperation” as defined by the unification guidelines.

The mainland demonstrated its goodwill in the meeting between the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office head Zhang Zhijun and Taiwan’s mainland affairs chief Wang Yu-chi and the onus is now on Taiwan to take the initiative, he said.

“Restoration of the guidelines and the council would be an important demonstration of Taiwan’s goodwill. It will enhance mutual trust and create favorable conditions for the leaders of the two sides to meet,” Pang said.

 

 

 

 

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