[Marxism] Official Kuomintang delegation visits mainland China

Brian Shannon 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 
pro-independence movement.

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