Xi sends letter to newly elected Kuomintang leader

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a congratulatory message to the newly elected leader of Taiwan's main opposition party, the Kuomintang.

The party says Xi sent a letter to Eric Chu on Sunday using his title of general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. Chu was chosen in a vote on Saturday.

In the letter, Xi says that based on the common political foundation of upholding the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence," the two parties have promoted the peaceful development of cross-strait relations and achieved notable results.

Xi says, "At present, the situation in the Taiwan Strait is complex and grim."

He expresses expectations that the two parties will adhere to the common political foundation and "maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait and achieve national reunification."

The "1992 Consensus" refers to what's described as a confirmation between Kuomintang and China that the two sides belong to one China. Kuomintang was in power at that time.

A possible review of the consensus was debated in the previous Kuomintang leadership election in 2017 amid a heightened sense of vigilance among the people of Taiwan toward China.

Xi did not send a congratulatory message to the winner of the election, breaking a tradition.

Chu had met Xi in Beijing in 2015 when he was the Kuomintang leader.
Chu has said he will adhere to the "1992 Consensus."
But he has also indicated he will work to enhance ties with the United States.

Xi's message is seen as an attempt to draw the Kuomintang closer to China, as Taiwan under the Democratic Progressive Party administration has been deepening ties with Washington.