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KMT to pay homage to late `founding father'

NOSTALGIA Party heavyweight Chiang will head to China commemorate the 80th anniversary of Sun Yat-sen's death, a plan aimed at improving cross-strait relations

By Caroline Hong  /  STAFF REPORTER

Former Deputy Legislative Speaker and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) heavyweight Chiang Ping-kun (江丙坤) will represent his party in paying homage to the memory of Taiwan's "founding father" Sun Yat-sen (孫中山) and Sun's nation-building activities by visiting China next month, said the KMT yesterday.

Speaking at the KMT's central headquarters yesterday, KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) said that Chiang would lead a representative delegation to China next month. While there, Chiang will visit the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing and the Mausoleum of the 72 Martyrs Guangzhou to pay his party's respects to the memory of Sun and other revolutionaries involved in the founding of the Republic of China.

"Chiang's visit will not only help cross-strait relations, it will also be a historic moment for the KMT," said Lien yesterday.

While one cannot deny the seriousness of the 228 Incident, Lien said, the current administration has distorted the public's perception of the event. The KMT's responsibility now is to avoid allowing the mistakes of the past to be repeated, Lien added.

He also said that atonement will be facilitated through improved cross-strait relations. One of the steps toward that goal will be Chiang's visit to China, as well as the party's other proposed visits by legislative caucus members to promote direct charter flights and the opening of China's agricultural market, Lien said.

"Taiwan went through the 228 Incident and the period of `White Terror,' but because of politics, the two events became taboo for nearly 40 years. Everyone was afraid to talk about it, were not able to talk about it, and did not want to talk about it," Lien said.

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