Chinese President Xi meets key figure of Taiwan’s National Party

By Park Sae-jin Posted : February 19, 2014, 09:03 Updated : February 19, 2014, 17:27
Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Lien Chan, honorary chairman of the Taiwanese Kuomintang (Nationalist Party), at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing, Tuesday, according to Chinese media.

Lien's visit comes a week after the highest-level talks between the two governments since splitting amid a civil war 65 years ago. During the ministerial talks in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, on Feb. 11, both sides agreed to establish a mechanism for liaison and communication across the straits “under the principles of equity and dignity,” the Taiwanese government said.

Lien, accompanied by a delegation from a wide range of sectors, arrived in Beijing Monday for a four-day visit.

In Tuesday's meeting, Xi said cross-straits consultations on political differences should be on an equal basis under the one-China principle, the Global Times newspaper reported.

"Regarding the long-existing political differences across the Taiwan Straits, we are willing to hold consultations with the Taiwan side on an equal basis under the one-China principle and make reasonable arrangements," Xi was quoted as saying.

Lien said that the cross-straits relations have made improvements in the past year, including the reiteration of the 1992 consensus and the emphasis of the statement that "cross-straits relations are not international relations," the Global Times said. 
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