KMT-CCP forum on July 28
The eighth annual forum between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will be held on July 28 in Harbin, China, the KMT said yesterday. Former KMT chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) will lead the delegation to the Cross-Taiwan Strait Economic and Cultural Forum. Chinese People’s Consultative Conference Chairman Jia Qinglin (賈慶林) will represent the CCP. On the agenda of this year’s forum will be economic and trade cooperation across the Taiwan Strait and peaceful cross-strait development. Educational and cultural exchanges between young people would also be addressed, the KMT said. The director of the KMT’s Mainland Affairs Committee, Kao Hui (高輝), said the two sides would also use the occasion to discuss issues related to the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement. Wu will not meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) in Beijing following the forum, as the two already met in March, Kao said.
Japanese envoys called in
Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy Yang (楊進添) yesterday reiterated Taiwan’s sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) and said the ministry had summoned officials from Japan’s Interchange Association to stress the nation’s stance. Yang’s remarks came in response to reports that eight Japanese lawmakers had sailed to the islands, known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan, on Tuesday to investigate the fishing situation as part of a proposed plan to purchase some of the islands. None of them set foot on any of the uninhabited islands. In related news, the Japan Coast Guard demanded that a Taiwanese patrol boat leave waters around the islands, prompting Japan to issue a formal protest that was rejected by the ministry.