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New KMT chairman sworn in

THE Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee yesterday congratulated the Kuomintang (KMT) plenary congress, saying it anticipated deepening trust, more exchanges and common understanding across the Taiwan Strait.

The KMT held its 18th plenary congress yesterday morning at which Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou officially assumed the position of KMT chairman.

In a statement to the KMT Central Committee and Ma, the CPC Central Committee said it expected the two parties to stick to the "common wish for peaceful cross-Strait development."

With the 1992 Consensus and opposing "Taiwan independence" as a political foundation, the two parties should deepen mutual trust, increase exchanges and expand common understanding, the statement said.

In response to the CPC statement, the KMT Central Committee said that the two parties have reached a common understanding to promote cross-Strait peaceful development.

The KMT expected to work with the CPC to improve trust and mutual benefits in a bid to improve the welfare of people on both sides, the statement said.

Hu Jintao, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, congratulated Lien Chan for maintaining the position of KMT honorary chairman and Wu Poh-hsiung for taking the position of KMT honorary chairman respectively.

The "common wish for peaceful cross-Strait development," reached by the two parties during Lien's 2005 visit to the mainland, has set a clear direction and laid the foundation for cross-Strait relations, Hu said in a statement to Lien.


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