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Analysis Lien’s Visit To China
On February 25, Xi Jinping met with Lien Chan,
Honorary Chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT)
in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
On February 26, Lien Chan will
meet outgoing Chairman Hu Jintao.
The timing of Lien’s visit is sensitive, as it is just before
the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) two annual meetings.
What information can be exposed
from Lien’s visit? Let’s take a look.
Radio France Internationale cited sources.
They stated that when Xi invited Lien to visit, it wasn’t
through the official channels of the KMT, or the CCP.
In addition, Lien was able to choose the Taiwan
delegation, which shows respect towards Lien.
The Taiwan delegation includes more than 40 politicians,
religion leaders and business executives.
What are the reasons behind Xi’s invitation at
a time so close to the CCP’s two annual meetings?
Tang Baiqiao, current affairs commentator: “Xi is more
high profile in his political actions than Hu Jintao.
Xi wants to pass a message to the world
before and during the CCP annual meetings.
The message is especially for the Chinese people around
the world, in that he is capable of building a harmonious
society, and deepening mutual interaction across the Straits.
Also, that he is capable of forming a good situation;
of developing multi parties and to discuss the country’s
affairs together. Obviously, Xi has this intention.”
Taiwan media said that Lien’s visit was seen
as Xi sending an olive branch to Taiwan.
A new era for the Two–Straits maybe beginning.
However, Cai Yongmei, editor of Hong Kong’s
Open Magazine, said that Lien’s tour extended
the meaning of the CCP’s “United Front Strategy”.
Cai Yongmei: “Xi has taken office, and this is the
first time for him to be CCP General Secretary.
Thus, Lien’s visit seems to be likely a
CCP and KMT’s top level meeting.
The real Chairman of the KMT,
Ma Ying-jeou was not invited.
Thus, the honorary chairman, and former
chairman of the KMT came instead.
For Lien, this visit has significant symbolic meaning.”
Lien’s visit was described as a “Chinese
New Year visit and seeing old friends.”
On February 22, Li Chia-fei, Taiwan
presidential spokesperson commented.
Ma Ying-jeou didn’t assign any tasks for Lien’s visit.
Cai Yongmei: “Lien has failed a presidential election.
Being the loser, he often visits Mainland
China, in order to use China’s influence.
The CCP want to implement a
United Front Strategy by using Lien.
Thus, Lien has little influence on
Taiwan, otherwise he will be ousted.
Lien has his personal needs, while the CCP
has it’s own purposes to unite Taiwan.
Thus, the CCP thinks such a person is good to be used.”
In April 2005, Lien visited China as a Chairman of the KMT.
Since Lien stepped down in August 2005, he has visited
China many times, as an honorary chairman of the KMT.
Tang Baiqiao: “In China’s history, former and current
CCP General Secretary’s positions are similar.
In the US, it is different. Once the president steps down,
he no longer has any power, and he is an ordinary citizen.
This is the difference in culture between the two countries.
The CCP uses this point to deceive the Chinese people.
This it to give the impression that Lien is an
influential person, when in fact, he is not.
He is an ordinary person.”
On March 5, the CCP will hold National People’s Congress
(NPC) and Political Consultative Conference (PCC).
The PCC dates to prior to the
existence of the CCP in the civil war.
It was formed for negotiations between the KMT and CCP.
After the CCP gained control of China, they
transferred constitutional conventions to the NPC.
Since then, the PCC had become the
“United Front Strategy organization”.
The words “United Front Strategy” are still used today,
which is the CCP’s guideline policy towards Taiwan.