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Xi congratulates Wu on election as KMT leader

BEIJING, May 20 -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Saturday congratulated Wu Den-yih for being elected the chairperson of Kuomintang (KMT).

Xi said in his message to Wu that he hoped the two parties shall keep in mind the well-being of the compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, adhere to the 1992 Consensus and firmly oppose "Taiwan independence."

The CPC and KMT should stick to the correct direction for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and strive to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, Xi said.

In his reply to Xi's message, Wu expressed gratitude for Xi's congratulations, saying that he expected the two parties would continue to consolidate the 1992 Consensus and promote the institutionalization of peace across the Strait.

Wu expressed the hope that the two parties will carry forward the Chinese culture, advance sustainable development of both sides and join each other on the road to a bright future.