Efforts will avert cross-Strait conflict: Taiwan party chief(Lead)

May 28th, 2008 - 9:31 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, May 28 (Xinhua) Taiwan’s Kuomintang (KMT) or the Nationalist Party of China chairman Wu Poh-hsiung Wednesday called for bolstering relations between Taiwan and mainland China. The visiting Taiwan leader, who met Hu in the highest-level talks between leaders of the mainland and Taiwan in the 60 years since the civil war, said natural disasters were unavoidable for both the mainland and Taiwan, but steps could be taken to ensure war between the two side never happens.

“We could not promise that there would be no natural disasters but through human effort we could ensure that no war happens between the two sides,” Wu told a press conference after meeting Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The Taiwan leader expressed his sorrow over the loss of life and property China suffered in the devastating earthquake May 12 and recalled the earthquake that hit Taiwan nine years ago.

“When the earthquake hit Taiwan nine years ago, mainland-Taiwan relations were at a low point, but at present cross-Strait relations are embracing clear weather after black clouds,” he said.

The KMT leader also told the press conference that the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) and the Taiwan-based Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF) would resume talks as soon as possible.

Cross-Strait relations have been tense and even stepped backwards in the past, Wu said and stressed that the two sides “should make good use of new opportunities under the new situation to make continuous efforts on the right track”.

He said the two sides across the Taiwan Strait have reached a consensus to build mutual trust and set aside disputes that cannot be settled in the near future.

“Disputes should not stand in the way of the well-being of people across the Strait,” Wu said.

He also called the dialogue platform between the KMT and CPC an important asset for cross-Strait development.

The Taiwanese leader was expected to discuss the proposals of launching weekend cross-Strait charter flights and opening the door to Chinese tourists, scheduled to start July 4.

Wu also met Liu Qi, the president of the Beijing organizing committee for the Olympics, Wednesday and visited the Olympic baseball park and the 91,000-seat National Stadium, which is nicknamed the Bird’s Nest because of its elaborate latticed-steel outer structure.

He was scheduled to visit Shanghai Thursday to meet Taiwan investors and then travel on to Yixing, Jiangsu province, to attend a prayer meeting for China’s earthquake victims.

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