The 11th annual meeting between Taiwan's Kuomintang (KMT) and the Communist Party of China (CPC) concluded in Beijing on Thursday with statements by both parties on ways of maintaining peaceful development of cross-Taiwan Strait ties.
Addressing the closing ceremony, Sun Yang-ming (???), deputy CEO of KMT-affiliated think tank National Policy Foundation, said the issues most important to future cross-strait ties are deepening the "1992 consensus" and exploring the possibility of terminating the state of hostilities between the two sides by signing a peace agreement.
The forum has opened up new prospects for the future of cross-strait relations and facilitated the start of communication between the two sides at the political level, he said.
Meanwhile, Zhou Zhihuai (???), deputy president of the Beijing-based National Society of Taiwan Studies, called for Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to "return to the right path" of the "1992 consensus" soon so as to build political mutual trust with Beijing and jointly maintain the peaceful development of cross-strait ties.
Unhappy that the new government has refused to recognize the "1992 consensus," Beijing has suspended official dialogue with Taipei since Tsai Ing-wen (???) was sworn in as president on May 20.
The "1992 consensus," as perceived by the previous Ma Ying-jeou (???) administration, refers to a tacit understanding between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait that there is only one China, with both sides free to interpret its meaning.
The two-day KMT-CPC forum, which has been held every year since 2006, was renamed this year as the Cross-Strait Peace Development Forum.
It was divided into five panels that focused on the subjects of politics, economics, culture, society and youth affairs, respectively.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel