Date
17 January 2017
Taiwan's aspirations to a greater role in the region, as expressed by Eric Chu (left) in Shanghai, appeared to be welcomed by Yu Zhengsheng. Photo: Xinhua
Taiwan's aspirations to a greater role in the region, as expressed by Eric Chu (left) in Shanghai, appeared to be welcomed by Yu Zhengsheng. Photo: Xinhua

KMT chairman sees bigger role for Taiwan in region

Eric Chu Li-luan, chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang, said the island can and will play a greater role in the global community based on the 1992 Consensus with mainland China, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

The 1992 Consensus refers to an understanding reached between Taiwanese and mainland representatives in 1992 that there is only one China, and each side is free to have its own interpretation of what “one China” means.

Taiwan will perform a bigger role if it can join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the mainland’s “one belt, one road” initiative and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade bloc, all of which are inseparable from economic development in the region, Chu said in a speech at the 10th Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Culture Forum in Shanghai, the report said, citing the Central News Agency.

Although Taiwan is smaller in terms of economy, land and population than the mainland, the island has strengths in innovation, research and development and management, allowing it to make a positive contribution to regional economic development through cross-strait cooperation, he said.

Chu, who is also mayor of New Taipei city, told reporters after his speech the Taiwan government is aggressive and optimistic about becoming a member of the AIIB.

He said the bottom line is Taiwan joining it under the name of Chinese Taipei. That is the name the island uses in various international organizations.

Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said Chu’s opinions can be further discussed at the annual forum to find a feasible way for Taiwan to take part in the AIIB, “one belt, one road” initiative and the RCEP and to seek possible approaches for cross-strait cooperation.

The mainland and Taiwan can work hand in hand to increase the competitiveness of the Chinese people and expand their presence in the international market, Yu said.

Chu is leading a 100-member delegation that arrived in Shanghai on Saturday. He is to meet with President Xi Jinping in Beijing for the first time on Monday.

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