Taipei--The Kuomintang (KMT), Taiwan's main opposition party, said Friday that it is making arrangements for its Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (???) to attend the 2017 Cross-Strait Forum in Fujian, southern China, later this month.
The 9th annual forum, scheduled to start June 17 in Xiamen, will be held under the theme of increasing civilian exchanges and deepening integration and development.
The agenda will focus on serving youths and grassroots groups on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
According to reports in the Taiwan media, Hung will lead a delegation to the forum on June 18 and might meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping (???), who is also general secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC).
Asked to confirm the reports about Hung's attendance, Tang Te-ming(???), deputy director of KMT Culture and Communications Committee, said that the party was "moving in that direction."
On the question of whether Hung and Xi would meet, as they have done once before, Tang declined to give a direct answer.
Hung and Xi first met on Nov. 1 last year, the day before the opening of the 2016 Cross-Strait Trade, Economy and Culture Forum, also known as the KMT-CPC forum.
Hung, who became chairwoman of the KMT in March 2016, lost the KMT chairmanship election last month to former Vice President Wu Den-yih (???), who will take up the post in August.
In a recent interview, Wu said that he was willing to travel to China to attend the KMT-CPC forum.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel