Xi meets Taiwan’s Kuomintang party leader

By Lobsang Tenchoe

DHARAMSALA, Nov 1: The Chairwoman of Taiwan’s opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Party, Hung Hsiu-chu has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier today.

The visit came at a time when the ties between the two countries are deteriorating under Taiwan’s first female President, Tsai Ing-wen.

14885950_1302174639826943_118891471_nBeijing claims Taiwan as part of its territory, however Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has refused to accept the claim after her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took office in May after a landslide victory over the Kuomintang (KMT).

Following Tsai’s refusal, Beijing cut off all official communication ties with her government.

Hung Hsiu-chu, the opposition leader who is on a three-day visit to the People’s Republic of China to promote stability and peace across the Taiwan Strait has met with Xi at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, Chinese state-run media Xinhua reported.

Although no details of the meeting have surfaced, Hung stopped in Nanjing on Monday and visited the mausoleum of Chinese revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen ahead of the 150th anniversary of his birth, according to a channelnewsasia.com report, Nov 1.

The opposition leader of Taiwan leans towards Beijing and roots for pro-unification with China. She was chosen to lead the party in March despite being ousted as KMT’s presidential candidate last October due to her conservative views, the report added.

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