Press Release: Chinese Leader Talk on Cross-Strait Relations(06/02/08)
2008/06/02

On April 29, Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese President, met with Lien Chan, honorary chairman of the Kuomintang Party (KMT), and his delegation. Hu made important remarks on improving cross-strait relations.

Hu said that the second meeting with Lien was especially meaningful. The meeting they had three years ago was the first formal meeting between the leaders of CPC and KMT in six decades. At that meeting, the two parties publicized common aspirations for the peaceful development of relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits, which demonstrated the resolve and sincerity of both parties, laid the political foundation for cooperation and envisioned a future for cross-Straits relations the development of cross-straits relations. This was the right historic step for both CPC and KMT at a crucial moment of the cross-Straits relationship.   

Hu pointed out that the common aspirations for the peaceful development of the cross-Straits relations were solemn pledges the two parties had made to the compatriots on both sides. The two parties should deliver their pledges by strengthening personnel exchanges and cooperation in the fields of economy and culture, resuming cross-Straits talks on the basis of the 1992 Consensus as early as possible, addressing various issues in a pragmatic manner and seeking real benefits for the people and peace across the Straits.

Hu stressed that positive changes have taken place in the situation in the Taiwan Straits and the cross-Straits relationship has witnessed sound development. There are still outstanding historical issues and there will be new challenges and problems in the future, but we can surely find solutions to them as long as both sides proceed from the well-being of the people and the peaceful development of the cross-Straits relations, and as long as we build mutual trust, find common ground, lay aside the disputes and differences, and seek win-win results. Peaceful development of the cross-Straits relations has great prospects.

Hu said that the future for the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is bright. This will be the pride of the people on both sides, who share the same fate and belong to the same big family of the Chinese nation. He expressed the hope that people on both sides will work together even closer to usher in a new phase of peaceful development of cross-strait relations, realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and promote the lofty cause of peace and development.

Lien said that the KMT and CPC had reached consensus on the development of cross-strait relations since 2005. This consensus was embodied in the common aspirations for the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations, and had since been the guidelines for the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations. This was of epoch-making significance. The welfare of the people on both sides hinges upon the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations. The two sides should grasp the opportunities to increase exchanges and cooperation in the fields of economy, culture, education and social security and create favorable environment so as to further enhance the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.

Ma Yin-jeou, who had just won the election in Taiwan, spoke highly of Hu's proposals of "building mutual trust, laying aside disputes, seeking consensus and shelving differences". Ma said this were very important guidelines in turning a new page in the cross-Straits relations and it is consistent with Vincent Siew's suggestion of "facing reality squarely, building a common future, setting aside disputes, and seeking win-win results", which was put forward at Boao Forum for Asia. He said that this showed that the two sides shared certain values, and hoped that the cross-Straits relations could proceed along this track.

Suggest to a Friend
  Print