CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING TELLS NEWLY ELECTED KMT CHAIRMAN THAT THE SITUATION IN THE TAIWAN STRAIT IS "COMPLEX AND GRIM"

In a congratulatory letter to Eric Chu -- the newly elected leader of the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party on September 26 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said the Chinese Communist Party and the KMT should collaborate under a "shared political basis." In the letter released by the KMT, he said "In the past our two parties insisted on '1992 consensus' and opposing 10 'Taiwan independence' ... to promote peaceful developments in cross- strait relations." Xi Jinping added "At present the situation in the Taiwan Strait is complex and grim," and urged the parties to jointly seek peace and "the unification of the country."





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