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KMT, CCP planning economic forum in China in near future

CNA , TAIPEI

An economic forum between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is expected to be held in China in the near future, former KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰) said yesterday.

Lien reached a consensus with Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) on the holding of regular KMT-CCP meetings during his visit to Beijing last April.

Meeting face-to-face with Chinese officials will be an exceptional opportunity to improve interactions between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, Lien said. He said it would be particularly beneficial to the 1 million-or so Taiwanese businesspeople working in China.

Meanwhile, Tsai Hsun-hsiung (蔡勳雄), chief executive officer of the KMT think tank, the National Policy Foundation, said Lien will likely lead the KMT delegation to the forum, making a second "Lien-Hu" meeting a strong possibility.

Chang Jung-kung (張榮恭), deputy chief executive officer of the KMT's Policy Committee, said on Wednesday the forum would be aimed at helping reviving Taiwan's economy and easing cross-strait tensions.

Chang said the party hoped the forum would help the people of Taiwan at a time when cross-strait relations are stuck in a quagmire and Taiwan's economy is increasingly marginalized.

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