Former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) yesterday called on both sides of the Taiwan Strait to put an end to long-standing antagonism and seek mutual prosperity by facilitating cross-strait peace.
According to reports by the China News Service, Wu made the remark during a meeting with Fujian Province Governor Su Shulin (蘇樹林) on the first day of his latest visit to China, which marks the first time a KMT delegation has flown across the Strait since the conclusion of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 18th Party Congress on Wednesday.
Recalling his compulsory military service on Kinmen 50 years ago, Wu said that in contrast with the tumultuous period of artillery exchanges between Kinmen and Xiamen, China, at the time, these days, people on both sides of the Strait are making frequent visits to the other side.
Citing the ancestral, cultural and geographic ties between Taiwan and Fujian, Wu encouraged both sides to further narrow their differences.
In response to Wu’s call for closer ties, Su tabled the formula of “one foundation, two drives, three channels, promotion of the four principles [of morality] and five connections between Taiwan and Fujian.”
Su also lauded Wu’s “effective efforts” to boost CCP-KMT collaboration.
Wu is scheduled to attend the 25th World Hakka Reunion Assembly held from tomorrow until Thursday in Sanming, Fujian Province, and the World Hakka Culture and Arts in Guangdong.