Xi warns of ‘grim’ Taiwan situation in letter to KMT

The situation in the Taiwan Strait is “complex and grim,” President Xi Jinping wrote in a congratulatory letter yesterday to the newly elected leader of Taiwan’s main opposition party, who has pledged to renew talks with Beijing.

Taiwan’s Kuomintang elected as their leader on Saturday former New Taipei City mayor Eric Chu, who said he would rekindle stalled high-level contacts with China’s Communist Party.

In Xi’s letter, a copy of which was released by the KMT, he said both parties had had good interactions based on their joint opposition to Taiwan independence.

Xi expressed hope that both parties could cooperate on “seeking peace in the Taiwan Strait, seeking national reunification and seeking national revitalization.”

Chu, who lost the 2016 presidential election heavily to President Tsai Ing-wen, responded to Xi that people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait were “all the children of the Yellow Emperor” – in other words, all Han Chinese.

Chu blamed Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party for tensions with Beijing.

Chu, who met Xi in China in 2015, said he hoped to “seek common ground and respect differences, increase mutual trust and geniality, strengthen exchanges and cooperation so as to allow the continued peaceful development of cross-strait relations.”

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