Major Chinese media outlets avoided any mention of the Republic of China (ROC) in reports on Tuesday’s meeting in Beijing between former vice president Lien Chan (連戰) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平).
According to Lien’s aides, the former vice president urged Beijing to respect the existence of the Republic of China, but the comment was completed ignored by Chinese media, which were clearly following the lead of Xinhua news agency.
Instead, they stressed Lien’s remark on reinforcing the “one China” framework, under which the two sides deal with each other, and Xi’s statement that Beijing would embrace any Taiwanese who are willing to push for peaceful development across the Strait, regardless of their previous political views.
Citing Chu Jintao (褚靜濤), an expert on Taiwanese affairs at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Beijing News said Lien had played a key role in promoting peace between China and Taiwan.
Chu said Lien has been a catalyst for positive development between Taipei and Beijing since he visited Beijing in 2005 in defiance of heavy political pressure at the time.
Now that the exchanges between the two sides have expanded from the private sector to political parties and officials, it proves that Lien’s contribution was significant, Chu said.