The UN Security Council on
The UN Security Council on Tuesday urged all Yemeni parties in a resolution to adhere to resolving their differences through dialogue and consultation.
"The resolution is extremely important for restoring stability in Yemen and promoting a political solution," China's permanent representative to the UN Liu Jieyi told the council after the adoption. Liu said that China called upon the relevant parties to implement Security Council resolutions so as to achieve a prompt ceasefire.
The Mayor of New Taipei
The Mayor of New Taipei City, Eric Chu, is visiting China for an official exchange, and today he unexpectedly became the first major figure in Taiwanese politics to meet the current head of China''s Taiwan Affairs Office, Liu Jieyi, since Liu took office earlier this month. Chu''s intention to meet Liu was not declared in his application for a China-travel permit to the Mainland Affairs Council. Some believe the visit is an attempt by Chu to challenge the KMT chairman for dominance, ahead of a major forum between the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party, in May. New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu and the head of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, Liu Jieyi, shake hands in the midst of a storm of flashbulbs.Eric ChuNew Taipei City MayorWe have always been committed to the 1992 Consensus, and we hope that both sides of the strait can enjoy peaceful exchanges, and win-win collaborations. I think this stance will not change, even if we, the KMT, may be out of power currently.But the meeting between Liu and Chu was never mentioned to the Mainland Affairs Council, when the mayor of New Taipei City applied for his permit to visit China.Voice of Chiu Chui-chengMainland Affairs Council SpokesmanThe Mainland Affairs Council understands that in cross-strait exchanges, it may be that the guest has to adapt to the wishes of the host; and it may be that one suddenly encounters a certain Chinese official without forewarning. But we also wish to remind the New Taipei City government to stick to the rules during this Cross-strait City Exchange. For example, they are not allowed to sign agreements concerning public authority or the rights and responsibilities of the central government. These rules need to be followed and respected.Media have been speculating about why Eric Chu would take off to China just before his party’s chairman, Wu Den-yih, heads there for the Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Culture Forum in May - a major event for dialogue between the KMT and the CCP. Some say that Chu, as a rising star, is trying to outshine the KMT’s chairman.Wu Den-yihKMT ChairmanI hope that everyone in the KMT can be a sun, or a moon, or a star. I hope we can all shine. It’s great if everyone works together with one goal.Lo Chih-chengDPP LegislatorWe hope that he’s acting in the interests of Taiwan overall, and not just going after his personal interest within his own party, and in the process, detracting from Taiwan’s national interests.Chu’s visit has not only stirred up cross-strait relations, but also highlighted the strife both within and between parties in Taiwan itself.