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KMT to thank Taiwanese businesses in Beijing for election support

2012/04/24 15:48:04

Beijing, April 24 (CNA) Kuomintang (KMT) Vice Chairman Chiang Pin-kung will visit Beijing on Tuesday to thank Taiwanese businesspeople based there for their support in January's presidential election.

Chiang, who also serves as Taiwan's top negotiator with China, is scheduled to arrive in Beijing Tuesday evening and attend a musical event the following day to thank Taiwanese business representatives there on behalf of the party.

The KMT's candidate, incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou, won the election over the Democratic Progressive Party's Tsai Ing-wen by a 6-point margin.

He was helped by the large number of China-based businesspeople who returned home to vote. Many of them supported Ma because of his policies supporting closer relations between Taiwan and China.

Chiang has already visited Taiwanese businesspeople operating in Dongguan in Guangdong Province and Nanjing on similar trips to thank them for their support.

Chiang is the second senior party official to visit Beijing since the election, after Wu Poh-hsiung, an honorary chairman of the party, met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in late March.

During his five-day stay in the Chinese capital, Chiang is also expected to meet with officials handling Taiwan-related affairs, including his counterpart Chen Yunlin, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, and Wang Yi, head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office.

(By Lawrence Chiu and Scully Hsiao)