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KMT vice chairman stresses importance of cross-Strait cultural exchanges




KMT vice chairman stresses importance of cross-Strait cultural exchanges

2024-05-20 14:47 Last Updated At:15:07

Sean Lien, vice chairman of the Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) party, highlighted the importance of cultural exchanges between young people across the Taiwan Strait, stressing the need for regular dialogue and meetings for the two sides to remove misunderstandings.

Lien made the remarks in an exclusive interview with the China Global Television Network (CGTN) on the sidelines of the third Sichuan Cross-Strait Animation and Music Culture Week in Chengdu, capital city of southwest China's Sichuan Province.

When asked what role the cultural exchanges play in promoting youth exchanges across the Strait, he cited the Sichuan-located Sanxingdui Museum, a treasure trove of exquisite bronze, gold and jade wares dating back more than 3,200 years.

"We share the same culture and the same history. So there are many things [and] there are many stories in our history, our 5,000-year history that can give us a lot of ideas. For example, today, this morning I went to the Sanxingdui Museum, and I was thinking maybe in the future we're probably going to see people will probably make a movie or animations, based upon Sanxingdui, the culture and myth in Chinese history," he said.

As the mainland has seen several visits paid by delegations led by KMT officials since the beginning of this year, Lien called for regular cross-Strait communication to prevent misunderstandings that might arise from the geographical separation between the two sides.

"If we just keep being apart from each other, you're eventually going to have a lot of misunderstandings, either through media, [or] the internet, you're going to eventually disseminate a lot of wrong information, which will definitely cause trouble. So a lot of stuff, maybe we have very different opinions about certain things or certain ideas, but it doesn't mean that we cannot meet each other and sit down and talk about our differences and see if we can actually work out a solution for our problem," he said.

He deplored the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities for irresponsibly dealing with the fatal fishing boat incident in the waters around Kinmen.

The incident in February was caused by the Taiwan side's brutal expulsion of a mainland fishing boat and resulted in injuries and deaths of the fishermen aboard.

"When KMT was in power, these type of unfortunate incidents, or I should call it a tragedy, could be resolved probably within weeks. The problem is that they don't want to deal with the key issue, which is the loss of life, [which is] very unfortunate. And these things, for a lot of those DPP politicians, probably even become secondary. I think they have their political agenda and they probably want to push forward their political agenda. So that's why the whole thing got delayed. If it's KMT in power, we'll probably resolve this incident in a very humane way, because at the end of the day we are talking about humanity. This is part of humanity where you should show people your sympathy and try to make people feel better, especially to the families of those fishermen who lost their lives. A lot of politicians in Taiwan, I think they purposely try to delete [the history] from our kids' education, but these are 'dirty politics'," he said.

The three-day third Sichuan Cross-Strait Animation and Music Culture Week opened on Saturday and gathered 400-plus people from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

KMT vice chairman stresses importance of cross-Strait cultural exchanges

KMT vice chairman stresses importance of cross-Strait cultural exchanges

China continues to optimize the energy consumption structure, and promote green and low-carbon development to a new height, said a senior official in Beijing on Thursday.

Since the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress in 2012, China has made a new leap in the level of energy security and stable supply, while continuously optimizing the energy consumption structure, said Zhang Jianhua, director of the National Energy Administration.

From 2013 to 2023, the total production of primary energy rose 35 percent. The installed wind power generation capacity increased by nearly five times, and the installed photovoltaic power generation capacity increased by over 30 times, said Zhang.

The official also said that China has established the world's largest charging infrastructure system. Over the course of 10 years, the proportion of coal consumption has dropped by 12.1 percentage points, while the proportion of consumption in non-fossil fuel sources such as wind power, solar power, hydropower, and nuclear power has increased by 7.7 percentage points. As a result, the "green content" of economic development has significantly improved.

So far, China is one of the world's advanced countries in terms of energy technology modernization.

In the future, the country will coordinate energy security and low-carbon transformation, reduce the consumption of fossil fuel energy, and continuously promote the transformation and upgrading of energy utilization.

Meanwhile, China is intensifying its efforts in the development of non-fossil energy, while coordinating the advancement of nuclear power, hydropower, and new energy development and utilization, aiming to promote high-quality development of energy.

"By 2025, approximately 12 million charging facilities will be established nationwide. Efforts will be made to increase the electrification level of end-use energy to around 30 percent by 2025. We will continue to expand the scale of green electricity consumption and increase the proportion of non-fossil energy consumption by one percentage point every year," said Zhang.

China continues to optimize energy consumption structure, promote green, low-carbon development

China continues to optimize energy consumption structure, promote green, low-carbon development

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