Lien Chan invites President Hu to Taiwan

2013-02-27 04:10:13 GMT2013-02-27 12:10:13(Beijing Time)  SINA.com
Chinese President Hu Jintao (2nd R) meets with visiting Honorary Chairman of the Kuomintang Lien Chan (2nd L) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 26, 2013. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei) Chinese President Hu Jintao (2nd R) meets with visiting Honorary Chairman of the Kuomintang Lien Chan (2nd L) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 26, 2013. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

Kuomintang Honorary Chairman Lien Chan invited president Hu Jintao to Taiwan during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday morning.

Lien said he would love to be Hu's tour guide and hopes president Hu to enjoy all the delicious food in Taiwan.

They reportedly had a warm conversation like "two old friends".

Xinhua News Agency quoted Hu as saying "Chairman Lien and I have known each other for years since 2005, when Lien led a KMT delegation to the mainland on a journey of peace. To date, we have met 12 times."

Hu spoke highly of Lien Chan for his unremitting efforts and important contributions to the improvement of cross-Strait relations.

Lien Chan: cross-Strait political dialogue and negotiations "inevitable"

Taiwan's Central News Agency reported that Kuomintang Honorary Chairman Lien Chan said yesterday he believes that cross-Strait political dialogue and negotiations will be inevitable in the future, calling on non-governmental and researchers of both sides to conduct wide-ranging exchanges and study the possibility of holding such talks.

Lien Chan's office issued a press release Tuesday, in which Lien said enhancing political mutual trust has become a very important "political project" facing leaders of the mainland and Taiwan.

Last year in Vladivostok, Russia, Lien proposed that think tanks and researchers from both sides co-host a "peace forum".

The press release said he and Hu agreed that the mainland and Taiwan should stick to the "1992 Consensus" and the principle of opposing "Taiwan independence," as well as seeking commom ground while shelving differences.

 

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