Wednesday, February 19, 2014

China's Xi willing to promote dialogue with Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping has reiterated his willingness to promote political dialogue with Taiwan in a meeting with a former leader of Taiwan's ruling party.

Xi met the Nationalist Party's honorary chairman, Lien Chan, in Beijing on Tuesday evening.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency said Xi highly rated the first ministerial-level talks between China and Taiwan since their split in 1949. The meeting was held in Nanjing last week.

Xi reportedly said the 2 sides had gained many common perceptions that will lead to the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

Xi was also quoted as renewing his call for consultations with Taiwan under the "one China" principle.
Lien is said to have responded that there will be no turning back on the path to the peaceful development of China-Taiwan ties.

The ministerial-level meeting marked a new stage for the 2 sides to strengthen political relations. But Taiwan is still reluctant to engage in political dialogue that could lead to unification. Xi apparently took advantage of the meeting to press for dialogue.

Lien is visiting China with about 80 business people and other representatives from Taiwan.