Hu Jintao meets KMT Chairman Lien Chan 04-29-2005 15:35

In Beijing, the historic meeting is hold this afternoon between Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and Lien Chan, Chairman of the Kuomintang. It was the first time that leaders of the two parties have met in 60 years.

Lien Chan walked down the red carpet to shake hands with Hu Jintao. It was a moment of great significance for relations between the CPC and the Kuomintang, and also a major event for relations across the Taiwan Straits. General-Secretary Hu Jintao welcomed Lien Chan and his delegation. He said that as soon as Lien arrived in the mainland, the two parties have witnessed a historic moment. It symbolizes that the exchanges between the two parties have entered a new stage of development. The visit shows the determination and sincerity of both parties to promote cross-straits relations and will go down in history. Hu Jintao said that in the interests of people on both sides of the Straits, the Communist Party of China will talk with anyone on issues of developing cross-Straits relations. The only condition is that they recognize the '1992 Consensus' and oppose "Taiwan Independence". This year marks the 80th anniversary of the death of Sun Yat-Sen. Chairman Lien and his delegation paid homage to Dr Sun at his mausoleum in Nanjing. Sun Yat-sen was a great patriot and a national hero, the forerunner of China's new democratic revolution. Hu Jintao said Dr. Sun Yat-sen is admired on both sides of the Taiwan straits. He also said that the two sides across the straits should show the world an outlook of peace and development. The two sides have the ability to solve conflicts and strive for the peace, stability and development. Lien Chan said this was the first meeting in 60 years of the leaders of the two parties. Though history cannot be changed, the future is now in the hands of the people.


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