KMT vice chairman visits mainland, will attend cross-Strait exchange activities: mainland spokesperson

Andrew Hsia, vice chairman of the Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) party, will attend activities organized by both sides of the Taiwan Strait to promote exchanges during his visit to the mainland, a Chinese mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.

During the trip that is scheduled to take place between Wednesday to next Friday, Hsia will take part in a seminar on cross-Strait relations and cooperation in the post-pandemic era held in Beijing and an event on exchanges between young entrepreneurs from both sides of the Strait in Shanghai, said Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, at a press conference.

Hsia will also visit Nanjing, Wuhan, Chongqing and Chengdu, she said.

When asked to comment on the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities' smear that "Hsia's visit may fall into the coercive political framework of the mainland," Zhu said the DPP authorities collude with external forces to seek "Taiwan independence" for its own political interests, damaging the interests and welfare of Taiwan compatriots and pushing Taiwan toward a dangerous situation.

In doing this, the DPP authorities are coercing the mainstream will of Taiwan society, and they are the threat to the highest interests of Taiwan, Zhu added.

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(With input from Xinhua)

(Cover: File of Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office at a press conference in Beijing, China. /CFP)

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