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KMT, CCP to attend cross-strait forum

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter, with CNA

Former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) will lead a delegation to attend a cross-strait economic and trade forum between the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Nanning, Guanxi Province, on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27.

The annual KMT-CCP forum in China will address issues including cross-strait exchanges on economics, education and culture, the KMT said in a press release yesterday.

The forum’s theme will be “The Expansion of Mutual Exchanges and Cooperation, and the Revitalization of the Chinese Nation.”

The issues to be discussed will be promoting cross-strait economic and technology cooperation; strengthening cooperation between cultural industries; and deepening education and cultural exchanges and cooperation, according to the press release.

Wu met Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) during his visit to China in June, which is why there will not be another Wu-Xi meeting during the forum, the KMT said.

The KMT-CCP forum was initiated by former KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰) when he first visited China in 2005.

The annual event is widely seen as a cross-strait exchange platform upheld by the KMT’s senior members, and some experts have said its influence has weakened as President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) seeks to hold absolute authority over cross-strait policies by strengthening the influence of the Mainland Affairs Council.

The forum will be attended by KMT representatives, party officials responsible for cross-strait affairs, experts and academics, as well as representatives of the industrial, technology, culture and education sectors, the party said.

Meanwhile, Yang Yi (楊毅), spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, announced in Beijing that a cross-strait peace forum — the first of its kind — will take place on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 in Shanghai.

Forum participants will discuss issues concerning political relations between Taiwan and China, foreign affairs, safety and mutual trust and ideas for a peace structure.

The forum, themed “Cross-Strait Peace, Joint Development,” is being organized by 14 civic organizations in Taiwan and China, including China’s National Society of Taiwan Studies and the Taipei-based 21st Century Foundation, Yang said.

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