Want China Times
By: Staff Reporter
The former chair of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT), Lien Chan, met China’s
former president Hu Jintao on Sept. 3 at the Tiananmen Gate and their meeting won the approval of incumbent Chinese leader Xi Jinping, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.
The meeting was reportedly arranged by the Communist Party of China unbeknowst to Lien until the parade ended. Their meeting fell on the 10th anniversary of the historical meeting between the two statesmen in 2005. Lien, who is then KMT chairman, proposed warmer ties across the strait to Hu, then general-secretary. Their meeting was hailed as a groundbreaking event in cross-strait history.
Lien and Hu exchanged pleasantries during the Sept. 3 meeting and both expressed their hope for continued exchanges across the strait in the future. Lien and his wife also asked Hu to send their regards to Hu’s wife Liu Yongqing, who was absent from the parade. [FULL STORY]