Taipei, June 24 (CNA) The minister of China's Taiwan Affairs Office is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan June 25 for his first visit to the country in his official capacity, a Taiwanese government official said Tuesday.
Zhang Zhijun's four-day trip is seen as a reciprocal visit following a four-day visit to China by Taiwan's Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi in February. Zhang is expected to visit Taipei, New Taipei, Changhua County, Taichung and Kaohsiung. He is scheduled to meet with the mayors of New Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taichung.
Zhang will also meet with representatives from grassroots communities and small- and medium-sized enterprises, and will hold dialogues with students and academicians.
The day after his arrival, Zhang and his entourage will visit New Taipei, where he will meet with Mayor Eric Liluan Chu and accompany him on a visit to a public nursing home for the elderly.
The following day, Zhang will meet with Wang to discuss a wide range of issues related to cross-Taiwan Strait relations.
Before his departure on Friday afternoon, he will visit Kaohsiung and Taichung cities and Changhua County.
Richard C. Bush, a former chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, said in Washington D.C. Monday that Zhang's visit marks a good development in cross-Taiwan Strait relations.
(By Scarlett Chai, Sophia Yeh and Evelyn Kao)