Rumors Swirl About Wang's Straits Forum Participation|王金平將與會海峽論壇 央視稱"來求和"
The Straits Forum will begin in Xiamen, China on Sept. 19. Former Legislative President Wang Jin-pyng will lead the Kuomintang delegation to the forum. CCTV has reported that Wang will attend with the purpose of "seeking peace." There are also reports that Wang will be delivering a message from President Tsai Ing-wen about extending the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement. The KMT said Wang is not an envoy of the government and is only representing the party.
Cross-strait relations are currently extremely tense. The Straits Forum will begin on Sept. 19, and the Kuomintang is sending a delegation led by former Legislative President Wang Jin-pyng to Xiamen to take part in the forum. There is a possibility that he could meet with Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Chairperson Wang Yang. There are also reports that Wang will pass on a message from the Democratic Progressive Party administration about extending the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement. The Presidential Office has refuted these reports, while the KMT said that Wang stated during an internal party meeting on Sept. 10 that the reports aren't true.
He is going purely as a representative of the Kuomintang. He is not serving as an envoy of President Tsai and passing on a message from her. This is untrue.
Meanwhile, CCTV reported that Chinese military exercises frightened Taiwan into pursuing peace, and this is the objective of Wang in attending the forum, where he will be serving as a DPP messenger. The KMT has already lodged a protest with the Taiwan Affairs Office.
We lodged a protest with the Taiwan Affairs Office last night against this report that disrupts harmonious cross-strait exchanges. We will only continue forward if the other side responds.
The authorities have the power and responsibility to question former Legislative President Wang Jin-pyng after the fact to clarify the situation.
Clips from the CCTV program that reported that Wang will be seeking peace have already been removed. The Mainland Affairs Council says it is not ruling out questioning Wang after the fact to clarify the situation. The KMT said the CCTV report did not help cross-strait interaction, and also minimized its misgivings. It added that it doesn't want to see similar views in the future. Now that the Chinese media has launched an offensive, Wang will have to tread carefully.
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