MAC chief meets with visiting Chinese official

02/19/2016 10:31 AM
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Taipei, Feb. 19 (CNA) Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Hsia Li-yan (夏立言) had a brief meeting on Thursday with Chen Yuanfeng (陳 元豐), deputy minister of China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), who is currently in Taiwan on a short visit, the MAC said.

Chen is believed to be the first senior Chinese official to come to Taipei after Taiwan's opposition party won both the presidential and legislative elections on Jan. 16.

Hsia took the opportunity to express his appreciation to China for its donation in the wake of the Feb. 6 earthquake in southern Taiwan, the MAC said.

The two officials also discussed issues such as visits to Taiwan by Chinese tourists and transit through Taiwan by Chinese travelers en route to a third destination, the council said.

Chen arrived in Taiwan Wednesday to take part in a routine exchange activity, at the invitation of a civic organization, according to the MAC.

He is expected to meet with former Kuomintang chairmen Lien Chan (連戰) and Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) before his departure on Sunday, sources said.

In Beijing, a TAO spokesman said Friday that Chen is in Taiwan to visit "some old friends around the Chinese New Year, in line with our practice in recent years."

The Chinese New Year's Day fell on Feb. 8 this year and the people in Taiwan went back to work on Feb. 15 after a nine-day holiday.

(By Yin Chun-chieh and Y.F. Low)ENDITEM/pc

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