Opposition Kuomintang Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (???) visited the mausoleum of Republic of China (ROC) founding father Dr. Sun Yat-sen (???) in Nanjing on Monday as part of her trip to China.
After an oration was read out, Hung presented a wreath at the mausoleum. She and her delegation then bowed before Sun's statue and observed a moment of silence.
Hung later made a statement to reporters, in which she said Sun established the ROC after toppling the Ching (Qing) Dynasty and will always be the KMT's leader.
Throughout his life, Sun was deeply patriotic, committed to revitalizing the Chinese nation and establishing a democratic republic of the people, for the people and by the people, she noted.
Hung said Sun's magnificent spirit is still extolled in Taiwan and China and that by following his example the two sides can work together to achieve national revitalization and economic prosperity.
Before Hung arrived, dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the mausoleum, demanding that the KMT's contribution to the war of resistance against Japan in the 1930s be accorded more importance in China.
One demonstrator even waved the ROC flag and shouted "Long live the Republic of China, the Three Principles of the People unifies China."
Onlookers were later stopped from filming the demonstrators by security guards.
Hung was scheduled to take a flight to Beijing on Monday afternoon where she is scheduled to have dinner with Zhang Zhijun (???), head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office.
Hung will meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping (???), who is also general-secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, she will attend the Cross-strait Peace Development Forum -- the new title for the annual KMT-CPC meeting held since 2006.
Commenting on Hung's China trip, Taiwan's Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (???) said the government sees all normal people-to-people exchanges with China in a positive light.
Taiwan and China should enhance mutual understanding and promote the peaceful development of bilateral relations through meaningful dialogue and exchanges without political preconditions, he observed.
He also reiterated that all political parties in Taiwan should stand by the people and support the government's policy on cross-strait ties.
Also on Monday, a group of senior legislators from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party called a news conference urging Hung "not to challenge legal precedent" by signing any agreements with Beijing.
Citing the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, the legislators said only the government has the authority to sign or authorize agreements relating to the exercise of government authority or political issues with other countries, including China.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel