General Secretary of
the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Hu Jintao and visiting
Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chairman Lien Chan underscored peace and
development across the Taiwan Straits in their meeting in Beijing Saturday.
Hu Jintao (R), General
secretary of the Communist Party of China shakes hands with Lien Chan,
honorary chairman of Kuomintang at the Great Hall of the People in
Beijing April 28, 2007. [Reuters]
"Peace and development should be the theme of cross-Straits relations, and
the common goal of the people both in the mainland and Taiwan," Hu said.
Lien said peace was the basis for cross-Strait prosperity and development.
Compatriots from both sides of the Straits should face up to the challenges and
continue to pursue peace, so as to create economic prosperity on both sides of
The mainland is creating a miracle with a growth rate of about 10 percent for
27 years, he noted.
"Peace and prosperity live together, for if there is no peace, there will be
no prosperity, and only peace creates opportunities for us to pursue
prosperity," he said.
Lien arrived on Thursday leading a KMT delegation to attend a cross-Straits
economic and trade forum, which closed on Saturday.
Hu extended warm congratulations on the behalf of the CPC Central Committee
for the success of the forum.
"The two-day forum is an important activity for the two parties to continue
exchanges and dialog," Hu said.
The mainland announced at the forum a new package of beneficial policies to
promote cross-Straits economic and trade relations, and the participants also
passed joint proposals for closer economic and trade ties across the Straits.
The 15 new favorable policies announced by the mainland pointed out a new
direction for the future cross-Straits economic and trade development, Lien told
Hu and Lien met for the first time in Beijing a year ago when Lien, then
chairman of the Taiwan-based KMT party, had an "ice-breaking" journey to the
mainland. It was also the first meeting between top leaders of the CPC and KMT
in 60 years.
Hu called for closer personnel, economic and cultural exchanges between the
mainland and Taiwan to curb Taiwan secessionist activities and maintain peace
across the Taiwan Strait.