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Ex-Vice President Lien meets China's Taiwan Affairs Office director

2018/07/12 21:23:23

Beijing, July 12 (CNA) Former Vice President and Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) met with Liu Jieyi (劉結一), director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, over dinner on Thursday in Beijing.

Lien arrived in Beijing with his wife Lien Fang-yu (連方瑀), son Sean Lien (連勝文), and former KMT Vice Chairman Lin Fong-cheng (林豐正) Thursday afternoon.

On some Taiwanese people's objections to their visit in Beijing, Sean Lien said such critics have criticized anyone trying to improve cross-strait relations for 30 years.

"If mere criticisms can get cross-strait ties moving forward, it would be they, not I, standing here for your interview," he told reporters posing that question.

Lien Chan is scheduled to meet China's President Xi Jinping Friday. Later in the afternoon, Lien will attend a forum on cross-strait relations at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse. After that, Lien will attend a dinner hosted by Wang Yang, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

(By Miao Tsung-han and Wang Szu-chi)