Chinese media draws KMT protest over ‘suing-for-peace’ allegation

Focus Taiwan
Date: 09/11/2020
By: Liu Kuan-ting, Wang Yang-yu,
Fang Cheng-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu

KMT Culture and Communications Committee Chairwoman Wang Yu-min (王育敏) in a statement on Friday / CNA photo Sept. 11, 2020

Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) on Friday denounced the Chinese state-owned broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) for tagging a planned visit to China for a cross-Taiwan Strait forum later this month as a move to "sue for peace" amid the tense standoff in the strait.

The KMT has decided to send a delegation headed by former Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) to China to attend the 12th Straits Forum in Xiamen, Fujian Province, scheduled to start on Sept. 19, despite warnings from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration.

The planned visit, however, also drew a sarcastic headline from CCTV, one of Beijing's mouthpieces, for its program on cross-strait affairs that reads "with the strait on the brink of war, this man (Wang) is coming to the mainland to sue for peace."

In response, the KMT released a statement on Friday blasting the comment, which it said is not only unhelpful to "positive interactions" between the two sides of the strait, but "distorts the original intention of pursuing peace and hurts the feelings of the peoples of the two sides."

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