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Kuomintang Chairman Wu Poh-Hsiung pays homage to Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum(with picture)

  Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (front, C) shows a couplet written by himself for Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum --"tian xia wei gong, ren min zui da", which means "The State belongs to the people. The people are all the important." in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, May 27, 2008. Wu Poh-hsiung paid homage to Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum on Tuesday. (Xinhua Photo)

  Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (C) lays a wreath at Dr. Sun Yat-sen's statue at Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Provinceon May 27, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

  NANJING, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung paid homage to Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum Tuesday morning in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, saying both the mainland and Taiwan belong to the Chinese nation and are "closely tied by blood".

  Cloaked in mist, the mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the great pioneer of Chinese democratic revolution, stood in solemn silence. Wu laid a floral wreath to Dr. Sun's sitting posture statue in the memorial hall and made a one-minute deep bow in reverence.

  Sun Yat-sen, a founder of Kuomintang, or the Nationalist party of China, died in 1925 in Beijing, and his coffin was moved to and buried in Nanjing in 1929.

  After paying tribute, Wu wrote a couplet for the mausoleum -- "tian xia wei gong, ren min zui da", which means "The State belongs to the people. The people are all the important."

  The first part of the couplet, "tia xia wei gong", is what on a tablet of the mausoleum, an autographic inscription of Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

  In his speech at the mausoleum, Wu stressed that both the mainland and Taiwan belong to the Chinese nation, and are "closely tied by blood", which no one could obliterate.

  He said that both sides across the Taiwan Strait should face history directly, face the reality squarely and open up to the future.

  "Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum is a best proof for facing the history directly, and we are deeply moved," said Wu.

  He expressed his thankfulness to the Nanjing city government for keeping the mausoleum in such a "good" and "sublime" shape, saying Kuomintang will send a delegation to Nanjing next year to attend memorial activities of the 80th anniversary of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's burial in the mausoleum.

  He believed that a more convenient direct flight will be realized at that time.

  Wu said that people in Taiwan had showed deep concern over the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan Province, and the first message of sympathy to the mainland was from the Kuomintang central committee.

  The concern from Taiwan compatriots was a natural reveal of feelings and showed a favorable interaction between people across the Strait, which would help forge more harmonious and closer ties between them, said Wu.

  At the invitation of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and General Secretary Hu Jintao, Wu's delegation started a six-day mainland visit on Monday.

  Their first stop is Nanjing, the former seat of the Kuomintang regime that ruled China until 1949.

  Many Nanjing citizens came to welcome Wu and his delegation at the mausoleum.