Achieving a third round of CPC-KMT cooperation

By Li Jiaquan
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This year marks 100th anniversary of China's 1911 Revolution. As we open a new chapter in CPC-KMT cooperation, it is highly significant to look back at the evolution of CPC-KMT relations.

The first CPC-KMT cooperation took place in 1924. Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the KMT, worked together with the CPC to organize workers and peasants for the Northern Expedition. The second CPC-KMT cooperation was based on resistance to Japan invasion, especially following the break out of the War of Resistance to Japanese Aggression.

The third CPC-KMT cooperation proposal was firstly put forward by Chairman Mao Zedong in January 1956. The idea was later touched on repeatedly by Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zeming and current Chinese President Hu Jintao.

The first round of CPC-KMT cooperation was in opposition to the Northern Warlords (1912-1927), followed by the second round aimed at fighting the Japanese invasion. Both of these cooperative efforts achieved great success.

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The task for the third CPC-KMT cooperation, undoubtedly, is surely against movements for Taiwan independence. Based on the lessons of the previous cooperation, it's credible that both sides can work together to accomplish this final victory.

Some in Taiwan have openly opposed the mention of the "CPC-KMT cooperation," and think that this third level of "CPC-KMT cooperation" is impossible. They say that since Taiwan has the DPP, it cannot tolerate CPC-KMT cooperation.

However, it is precisely because Taiwan has pro-independence, anti-reunification forces that CPC-KMT cooperation is needed even more than before.

Currently, the KMT has two paths it can follow: one is to cooperate with the CPC and the other is to cooperate with the DDP. However, as long as the DDP doesn't give up its pro-independent party line, if the KMT cooperates with the DDP, the KMT's scope of authority will be solely restricted to the Taiwan region. In the long run, I believe the vast majority of the KMT party members will not choose that path.

As for the CPC, it is perfectly willing to continue to maintain cooperative relations with the KMT, which serve the needs of historical development and the development of cross-Straits cooperation and peaceful reunification. These goals comply with Sun Yat-sen's unfulfilled wish. The CPC will never "eat up" the KMT by virtue of its power, but rather seek "CPC-KMT cooperation, seek common ground while reserving differences, peaceful development, and strive for win-win results."

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