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'1 country, 2 areas' new basis for dialogue: KMT

The overall cooperation and exchanges in all areas of life represent "a correct choice" that has created peace dividends for the industries and for the people on both sides of the strait, he said, adding therefore, the "right choice" is widely welcome among the people.

Hu began his remarks by emphasizing China's "opposition to Taiwan independence and agreement with the '1992 Consensus'" — a position that has laid a foundation for peacefully developing cross-strait ties and meeting the expectations of the people on both sides of the strait.

During the 50-minute meeting at the Great Hall of the People (人民大會堂), Wu also stressed that the two sides should shelve their differences and seek common ground.

"While both insist there's only 'one China,' we have different interpretations of 'one China,'" he said.

The two sides should seek the common ground, which is "one China," look squarely at the "realities" across the strait and set aside their disputes, he suggested.

The meeting was a regular KMT-CPC summit, the fifth for Wu since he visited China in 2008 in his capacity at the time as KMT chairman.

When Wu arrived in Beijing a day earlier, he pointed out that today's meeting between the two ruling parties will be an "important" one.

The significance of the Wu-Hu summit is that it has taken place before Ma is set to begin his second term in May and China's top leadership is about to change hands in fall.

Pan-green Response

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesman Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政) responded late yesterday that Wu's statement is contrary to Taiwan's mainstream opinion.

In a press release Thursday, Lo demanded that President Ma step forth to explain whether his views match Wu's statement.

The majority of Taiwanese people believe that Taiwan is a sovereign, independent country called the Republic of China. Any change to this status quo is subject to a plebiscite — the DPP has always stood behind this view, he said.

TSU lawmaker Hsu Chung-hsin (許忠信) responded yesterday that Wu's remarks dwarf the status of the nation.

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