NANJING, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung arrived in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, on Monday afternoon, starting the first leg of a six-day mainland visit.
He was received with a hug by Chen Yunlin, director of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, at the airport as many Taiwan businessmen waited with signs to welcome the visiting team.
At Wu's suggestion, one minute of silence was held to mourn for the deceased in the May 12 Wenchuan earthquake.
"People in Taiwan have shown deep concern over the earthquake and the affected and quickly donated money and relief materials. Let me, on behalf of compatriots from the mainland, extend gratitude to them," Chen said.
"Currently, the mainland-Taiwan relations have entered a spring for peaceful development," he said, expressing hope that both parties would enhance exchange and cooperation in the new circumstances.
Wu expressed hope the two sides would lay aside disputes, seek agreement and create a win-win situation on the basis of the 1992 Consensus.
Nanjing is the first stop of Wu's visit. The city is where Sun Yat-sen, a founder of the Kuomintang Party, is buried. Both Chen and Wu said Sun deserved respect by people from both sides of the Taiwan Straits.
Invited by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and General Secretary Hu Jintao, Wu will also visit Beijing and Shanghai.
In addition to expressing condolences to victims of the devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province on behalf of his party and the people of Taiwan, the KMT chairman will also put forward opinions on promoting mutually-beneficial cooperation across the Taiwan Straits, according to sources with the KMT Central Committee.
|Editor: Lin Li|