‘Long live ROC!’ heard in Nanjing before KMT chairwoman arrives

A Chinese citizen waved a national flag of Taiwan and shouted "Long live the Republic of China!" as dozens of people waited for Kuomintang (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (???) at the mausoleum of the ROC's founding father Dr. Sun Yat-sen in Nanjing on Monday.

Before Hung arrived, dozens of demonstrators protested 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 protester even waved the ROC flag and shouted "Long live the Republic of China! The Three Principles of the People unify China!" He said he opposed dictatorship in any form.

Onlookers were later stopped from filming the protesters by security guards.

When Hung and her delegation arrived, the protesters changed their slogans to "Welcome, Chairperson Hung" and "Go, KMT, go!"

As part of her trip to China, Hung led a KMT delegation to pay tributes to their revolutionary leader, whose Three Principles of the People had been a guideline of Taiwan's government while the KMT was in power.

After reading an oration, Hung presented a wreath at the mausoleum. She and her delegation then bowed before Sun's statue and observed a moment of silence.

Hung walked by Sun's stone coffin, pausing occasionally to pay her respects to the memory of the KMT and Republic of China founder.

She later told reporters that Sun established the ROC after toppling the Ching (Qing) Dynasty and will always be the KMT's leader.

"As a senior member of the KMT, leading its senior executives here, I feel embarrassed that we have failed Dr. Sun," she said, referring to the KMT's election losses early this year to the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

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 -- what are known to be the Three Principles, she said.

Hung said Sun's 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.

After paying her respects to Sun's memory, Hung said she and all KMT members have made a promise to the long-deceased leader that they will work hard to accomplish his vision of peacefully developing a great country -- a vision that now calls for joint efforts of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to realize.

China was known as the Republic of China until the Kuomintang was defeated in the Chinese civil war in 1949 and retreated to Taiwan.

Today, Taiwan is still formally known as the Republic of China while China's formal name is the People's Republic of China.

Hung is in China at a time when relations between Taipei and Beijing have soured because the DPP administration does not accept China's insistence that Taiwan is part of China.

The KMT chairwoman flew to Beijing on Monday afternoon where she was 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.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel