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New Party chief starts mainland visit
By Zhan Lisheng (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-07 06:04

GUANGZHOU: Taiwan's New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming arrived in Guangzhou yesterday afternoon, the first stop on his eight-day visit to the mainland.

Yok's delegation received a warm welcome from officials of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Guangdong Provincial Committee as well as the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.

Yok Yu-ming, chairman of the New Party in Taiwan, answers questions from reporters upon his arrival at the airport in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province July 6, 2005. Guangzhou is his first stop of this mainland visit. [newsphoto] 
The 30-member delegation made a stopover in Hong Kong en route to Guangzhou. The New Party is the third opposition party in Taiwan to visit the mainland

Yok said the New Party has followed the footsteps of Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chan and People First Party leader James Soong to visit the mainland to commemorate the 60th anniversary of China's victory in the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

"Memories of the past occur to us at this historic moment," he said upon arrival at Baiyun Airport. "These memories remind us that we must be united."

The New Party has named the mainland tour a "journey of the Chinese nation," meaning it will pursue the prosperity of the Chinese people.

While in Guangzhou, the delegation was to pay tribute to the Huanghuagang 72 Martyrs' Tombs.

"We hope the young people of today will not forget the country's plight of the past and its hopes for the future," said Yok.
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