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May 26, 2009

Wu meets Hu (吳見胡)

KMT Chairman Wu Po-hsiung is visiting China to hammer out final plans for the upcoming fifth forum between the KMT and CCP, as well as visiting SUn Yat-sen's mausoleum. The eight day visit is attracting attention, especially in the wake of Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu's (DPP) recent meeting with the Beijing mayor in which she used phrases like "President Ma" and "our central government."

Will Wu Po-hsiung, who has refrained from calling Ma 'president' even in Taiwan during the Chen Yunlin visit, follow suit?


"When I meet with Mr. Hu," said Wu, "I will be talking to him in his capacity as the Secretary General of the CCP. He will call me 'Chairman Wu.' We insist on being treated with dignity. But I will not try to steer our conversation one way or another to deliberately emphasize or avoid anything."

But Wu did call for KMT and CCP party leaders to meet annually, a call that was welcomed by Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng

Wu Po-hsiung will also be delivering a message to Dr. Sun from President Ma:

I asked Wu Po-hsiung to report to Dr. Sun that I would implement the Three Principles of the People he left us,” President Ma said.

That's [when Ma] cried.

Then, President Ma quoted Chang Uo-chun, a Taiwan novelist, as urging the people of Taiwan in a eulogy to Dr. Sun in 1923, “Compatriots, you should adhere to the teachings of this great leader. He said: 'Comrades, our revolution has yet to succeed. All of you should redouble your efforts.”

If you are like me, you haven't heard a politician use the Three Principles of the People since sometime in 2002 when a random KMT lawmaker called for unification under that rubric during a shouting match.

Not a lot else happening today yet, though this was reasonably big news yesterday:

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators boycotted a Transportation Committee meeting yesterday to show their opposition to a proposed amendment to the Act for Promotion of Private Participation in Infrastructure Projects (促進民間參與公共建設法) that would allow Chinese investment in public construction works.

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