Wu Poh-hsiung, chairman of Taiwan’s Kuomintang Party, met with President Hu Jintao in Beijing yesterday, where the two promised to start talks on cross-strait economic cooperation, state media reported. Talks on an economic cooperation pact are expected to begin in the second half of the year. The pact could remove import tariffs on Taiwan-made products and establish more direct cross-strait trade links. Wu and Hu also agreed to avoid "internal struggle" in foreign affairs issues. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, also of the Kuomintang, recently praised Beijing’s stance on Taiwan, but said there were limits to the ties between the island and the mainland.