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KMT head undecided over what to discuss with CCP chief in Beijing

TAIPEI--The chairwoman of Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) said Wednesday that she will allow herself "room for flexibility" when talking with Communist Party of China (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping (習近平) in Beijing early next month.

KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) is likely to meet with China's top leader Nov. 1 ahead of an annual conference between the two parties that is now titled the "Cross-Strait Peaceful Development Forum," scheduled for Nov. 2-3.

During a meeting of the KMT's Central Standing Committee in Taipei, Hung said she told the party's legislative caucus a day earlier that she had not decided on what to discuss with Xi.

"It depends. I will do what I can, and should, to achieve our goals in Beijing," she said.

As relations across the Taiwan Strait have cooled to "freezing point," with all official channels of communication suspended, "isn't it our duty, as a responsible political party, to figure out ways of doing something for the people of Taiwan?" Hung asked. "The media and our lawmakers have given me quite a number of suggestions."

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