KMT boycotts Straits Forum ‘as party’

ON THEIR OWN: The KMT has decided not to participate as a party at this year’s forum, and if any members do go, they would not be representing the party, Alicia Wang said

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 15, 2020
By: Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Mainland Affairs Department director Tso Chen-dong announces at a news conference in Taipei yesterday that the party will not be sending representatives to the Straits Forum.
Photo: Tu Chien-jung, Taipei Times

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday announced that it would not send a delegation “as a political party” to this year’s Straits Forum, after a Chinese TV program described the planned visit to the annual meeting as “suing for peace.”

The 12th forum is scheduled to open in Xiamen, China, on Saturday.

On Tuesday last week, the KMT announced that former legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) would lead the party’s delegation to the forum, with KMT Secretary-General Lee Chien-lung (李乾龍) as deputy head.

However, on Thursday last week, China Central Television’s (CCTV) Yangshipin (央視頻) program, hosted by Li Hong (李紅), included a headline about Wang and the delegation that read: “With the Strait on the brink of war, this man is coming to the mainland to sue for peace.”

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