AP pulls claim of Chu’s backing for unification after KMT complaint

Want China Times
Date: 2015-05-06
By: CNA and Staff Reporter

The Associated Press has withdrawn a report that quoted Taiwan’s ruling

Eric Chu attends a press conference at a hotel in Beijing on May 4. (Photo/CFP)

Eric Chu attends a press conference at a hotel in Beijing on May 4. (Photo/CFP)

Kuomintang chair Eric Chu as saying that his party supports “eventual unification” with China during a meeting with Communist Party chief Xi Jinping, the party said Tuesday.

The original article, penned by AP’s correspondent in Beijing Christopher Bodeen in the early hours of Monday, apparently took a cue from the Chinese media, stating “The head of Taiwan’s Nationalists reaffirmed the party’s support for eventual unification with the mainland when he met Monday with Chinese president Xi Jinping as part of continuing rapprochement between the former bitter enemies.”

Describing the report on Chu’s comments as non-factual and fabricated, Lin Yi-hua, head of the KMT’s Culture and Communications Committee, said Chu did not broach the topic of unification with China during his recent visit to China.     [FULL  STORY]

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