[Marxism] Official Kuomintang delegation visits mainland China
Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Thu Mar 31 09:24:58 MST 2005
Official Kuomintang delegation visits mainland China
Nanjing (AsiaNews/SCMP) – An official delegation from the Kuomintang
(KMT) or nationalist Party, Taiwan’s main opposition party, travelled
to mainland China to meet government and Communist Party officials.
This is the first time for Taiwanese political leaders to visit the
mainland since Chiang Kai-shek and his Nationalist forces fled to the
island in 1949 after losing the civil war.
The two delegations discussed a 10-point agenda covering, among other
things, direct passenger flights, Taiwanese investments and
co-operation in fisheries projects.
A senior Beijing official hailed the historic visit as “ushering in a
new era of party-to-party dialogue across the Taiwan Strait”.
The visit is however taking place at a time of heightened tensions
between Taipei and Beijing. In mid-March China adopted an
anti-secession law authorising the use of force against the island
should it declare independence. This, in turn, led to mass rally in
Taipei on March 26 of almost a million people opposed to the law.
The KMT did not join the rally and remains opposed to Taiwanese
President Chen Shui-bian, who is thought to be close to Taiwan’s
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