China’s Xi Calls for ‘Equal’ Political Talks With Taiwan


Peace and Freedom

Reuters

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping offered the head of Taiwan’s ruling Nationalist Party on Monday “equal” talks to resolve their political differences, but only if Taiwan accepts it is part of China, a concept many Taiwanese balk at.

Xi, in his role as head of China’s ruling Communist Party, met Nationalist chairman Eric Chu in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, the first meeting between the leaders of the old political rivals in six years, China’s Xinhua news agency said.

Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan in 1949 at the end of a civil war with the Communists that has never formally ended. China considers Taiwan a renegade province, to be brought under its control by force if necessary.

While business ties between Taiwan and China have improved to their best level in six decades since Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou took office in 2008, there have been no talks…

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