Wu hopes to see more parties talk to China
The China Post news staff
July 29, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
"If some of Taiwan's political parties want to change their policies to openly engage in dialogue with mainland China, I'll be glad to see the development," Wu Poh-hsiung, honorary chairman of the ruling Kuomintang, said yesterday at the opening session of the eighth Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Culture Forum held in Harbin of Heilongjiang province, China.
In his capacity as leader of the Taiwan delegation to the annual forum, Wu also expressed his gratitude to Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, for his great contributions to promoting cross-strait exchanges. Jia will retire after the end of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.
Wu said there have been many forums held between the sides, but the Cross-strait Economic, Trade and Culture Forum is the most significant one, given the nature of the forum and the achievements it has made in the past. He stressed that of the conclusions the forum has generated over the past seven years, up to 120 proposals have been adopted by the two governments.
Wu continued that the forum was initially named the economic, trade and culture forum between Taiwan's Kuomintang and the mainland's Chinese Communist Party, but was later changed to its current title after incorporating members of more political parties from Taiwan. At the moment, he said, the number of KMT members accounts for less than one-third of the Taiwan delegation to the forum.
The KMT honorary chairman said he hoped to see members of more political parties in Taiwan to join the forum next year. Many political parties in Taiwan have refused to engage in dialogue with mainland China, but "if some of them want to change their policies to conduct open dialogues with the mainland, I would like to see such a development in my own stance," Wu said.
If a wider range of public opinions can be relayed to mainland China, it will also be conducive to the consensus-building among different political parties in Taiwan, he continued.
At the opening session, Wu also reiterated the consensus he reached during a March 22 meeting with Secretary General Hu Jintao of the Communist Party of China, including that peaceful development across the Taiwan Strait is the way to go, that both sides should step forward steadily instead of going backward, consolidate the foundation of mutual trust and deepen economic and trade cooperation, as well as cultural exchanges.
Echoing Wu's remarks, Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said that reinforcing mutual politically trust between both sides of the Strait is essential to maintaining and consolidating the "one-China" framework.
Jia said that the political foundation for cross-strait ties cannot be undermined nor jolted, while cementing mutual political groundwork and enhancing mutual trust are major keys to steering cross-strait ties in the right direction.
Jia continued that the past four years have witnessed the most significant achievements in the peaceful development of cross-strait ties as well as cross-strait exchanges in various aspects, and both sides are poised to further expand such peaceful development and exchanges in the coming four years.
He stressed Beijing's view that cross-strait ties are not state-to-state ties, and both sides should move to cement the political foundation and maintain peaceful development, deepen economic and trade cooperation, intensify educational and cultural exchanges, and integrate all strengths to improve welfares for people across the Strait.