KMT-CCP forum to open in China in Oct.
CNATAIPEI -- The 2013 forum between Taiwan's Kuomintang (KMT) and its mainland Chinese counterpart, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), on subjects related to economy, trade and culture will be held in China's Guanxi Province Oct. 26-27.
September 26, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
KMT Honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) will head the KMT's delegation at the annual gathering in Nanning, the capital of the Guanxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China, a KMT press release said Wednesday.
The forum's theme will be “The Expansion of Mutual Exchanges and Cooperation, and the Revitalization of the Chinese Nation.”
According to the press release, the issues to be discussed include: promoting cross-strait economic and technology cooperation; strengthening cooperation between cultural industries on the two sides; and deepening cross-strait education and cultural exchanges and cooperation.
Wu, who has headed the KMT delegations since 2008, will not travel to Beijing for a meeting with the CCP leadership, which is now in the hands of President Xi Jinping, who concurrently serves as CCP general secretary, because Wu and Xi met each other in June, according to party sources.
It has been usual practice for Wu to meet the CCP's general secretary following previous yearly KMT-CPC forums in China.
The forum will be attended on the KMT side by party representatives, officials responsible for cross-strait affairs, experts and scholars, as well as representatives of the industrial, technology, culture and education sectors, the party said.
Meanwhile, Yang Yi, spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, announced in Beijing that a cross-strait peace forum — the first of its kind — will take place Oct. 11-12 in Shanghai, in which the participants will discuss issues concerning political relations between Taiwan and China, foreign affairs, safety and mutual trust and a peace structure.
The forum, themed “Cross-Strait Peace, Joint Development,” is being jointly organized by 14 civic organizations in Taiwan and China, including China's National Society of Taiwan Studies and the Taipei-based 21st Century Foundation, Yang said.
More than 120 scholars, experts and representatives from a spectrum of sectors on the two sides have been invited to attend, he added.
Yang said that China supports and encourages the two sides to conduct “dialogue between civil groups on political issues” and to try to seek possible resolutions to cross-strait political, military and foreign affairs problems “in preparation for the two sides to open political talks.”