By: Liu Kuan-ting, Wang Yang-yu,
Fang Cheng-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu
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."