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China top negotiator to visit Taiwan

2014/12/07 15:00:58

Taipei, Dec. 7 (CNA) China's top negotiator with Taiwan is slated to arrive in Taiwan Tuesday for an eight-day visit as originally planned, heading a group that will further engage with Taiwan after the setback suffered by the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) in the recent local government polls.

Chen Deming, president of the semi-official Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), will lead the delegation on a tour of Taipei, New Taipei and Hsinchu in northern Taiwan, as well as Hualien, Taitung and Pingtung in eastern Taiwan, to learn from Taiwan's development experience in biotechnology, healthcare, refined agriculture and tourism.

Chen's upcoming visit, the first following the KMT's landslide defeat in the Nov. 29 elections, is in response to a call made by Lin Join-sane, chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) -- the ARATS' Taiwanese counterpart -- that cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges should get back to normal despite the KMT's electoral losses.

Chen and other delegates that include entrepreneurs and Zeng Peiyan, China's vice premier from 2003 to 2008, will also attend the annual Cross-Strait CEO Summit meeting in Taipei on Dec. 15-16 before returning to China on the afternoon of Dec. 16.

Chang Wu-ueh, a China hand and professor at the Tamkang University, told CNA that any delay in Chen's visit, which had previously been arranged ahead of the elections, will give rise to concerns about the possible impact on cross-strait ties.

According to Chang, Chen's visit to Taiwan means that Beijing wants to convey that cross-strait peaceful interactions will not be affected by the election results.

Chen's visit at this time can also help solidify systematic cross-strait exchanges and help Beijing further push forward its policies in Taiwan, he added.

(By J.J. Yin and Flor Wang)