New KMT chair reiterates 1992 consensus
Newly elected opposition party Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu is expressing his hope that exchanges and cooperation between his party and Beijing will be strengthened on the basis of the "1992 consensus."
The statement is in response to a congratulatory message sent by China's leader Xi Jinping following the KMT's chairmanship election.
Xi reiterated the importance of the "1992 consensus" and expressed his hope that the KMT will work with the Communist Party of China to - in his words - "strive for peace across the Taiwan Strait, for national unification, and for the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation."
According to Chu, although the KMT and China's ruling party have long sought to promote bilateral exchanges and cooperation between the two sides, DPP policies have changed the cross-strait status quo and fuelled cross-strait tensions. Chu says KMT and the CPC will collaborate on enhancing mutual trust and intensifying bilateral exchanges and cooperation to advance the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.
Chu won the party's chairmanship election after garnering 85,164 votes, or 46% of the 187,999 KMT members who cast ballots.
The KMT says voter turnout was 50.71%.