Former Taiwan KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou visits Wuhan, receives warm greetings from President Xi

Ma Ying-jeou

31st March 2023 – (Beijing) Taiwan affairs official Song Tao, representing the Communist Party of China Central Committee, met with former Taiwanese Kuomintang party chairman Ma Ying-jeou on Thursday in Wuhan to discuss cross-Straits relations and COVID-19 cooperation.

During the meeting, Song conveyed warm greetings from Chinese President Xi Jinping and fully affirmed Ma’s important contribution to the development of cross-Straits relations. Both officials agreed that compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits are one big family and should adhere to the 1992 Consensus, actively promoting the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations, continuously enhancing the well-being of compatriots, and firmly opposing separatist activities of “Taiwan independence” and interference by external forces. They also called for joint efforts to maintain peace and stability across the Straits, safeguard the overall interests of the Chinese nation, and strive for the realisation of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Ma also praised the measures adopted by the mainland to fight COVID-19 and expressed hope for more cross-Straits cooperation in the health sector. He paid tribute to the mainland’s medical workers for their sacrifice and dedication, particularly in the construction of makeshift hospitals to quarantine confirmed COVID-19 patients and their close contacts. Ma also acknowledged that Wuhan’s effective COVID control measures at an early stage prevented a large-scale spread of the virus, which was a contribution not only to the mainland but also to humanity.

Ma further expressed hope for the full implementation of agreements on medical cooperation between the mainland and Taiwan, with both officials agreeing that prospects for such cooperation are broad.

During his visit to Wuhan, Ma and a group of Taiwan students also visited an exhibition on Wuhan’s battle against COVID-19, where he noted the deepening practical cooperation between Hubei Province and Taiwan. Party Secretary Wang Menghui welcomed young people from Taiwan to study, work and live in Hubei, promoting exchanges and cooperation between Hubei and the island. Wang also highlighted Hubei’s Taiwan-friendly policies and measures, as well as the province’s efforts to bring benefits to Taiwan compatriots in the region.

Ma expressed his gratitude for Hubei’s warm reception and care for Taiwan businesspeople and students in the province. He noted that in recent years, Hubei has made great efforts to promote high-quality economic and social development, contributing significantly to the promotion of cross-Straits exchanges and cooperation.

Ma also expressed hope for the first student exchange event during his trip to the mainland at Wuhan University, which is renowned for having one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. He hopes young people on both sides of the Straits will have more contact and friendship, to understand each other better and foster deeper relationships.

Ma’s trip to visit his ancestral home on the mainland began on Monday and will take him to Changsha, Hunan province, as well as Chongqing and Shanghai, following the Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day.