KMT chair vows to keep communication channels with CPC open

The chairwoman of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), said Wednesday that her party will maintain its communication channels with the Communist Party of China (CPC) for the sake of peace across the Taiwan Strait.

The annual KMT-CPC forum will continue, she said after attending the most recent forum in Beijing Nov. 2-3.

“The communication channels will not be terminated,” even though official communications between the two governments have been suspended, Hung said at a KMT Central Standing Committee meeting, after hearing a report on the results of the forum.

Hung said that prior to the recent forum she met with Chinese President and CPC head Xi Jinping (習近平), who showed goodwill and firmly upheld the “1992 consensus” as the political foundation for stable and peaceful development of cross-strait ties.

Meanwhile, Hung said, she proposed a “peace platform” aimed at institutionalizing cross-strait peace, in contrast to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s “Taiwan independence clause.”

Also at the meeting Wednesday, the KMT Central Standing Committee approved a plan to downsize its staff from 743 to 310. With the cut, the committee said, it would have to pay out NT$1.5 billion (US$47.6 million) to NT$1.8 billion in retirement pensions and severance.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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