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Taiwan’s ex-VP Lien to meet Chinese leader Xi


TAIPEI: Taiwan’s former vice president Lien Chan is set to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing next week in the latest high-level talks between the two sides, it was announced on Friday.
Lien, an honorary chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party, will discuss issues of mutual interest with Xi during a three-day visit to Beijing beginning Monday under the invitation of the Chinese side, Lien’s office said in a statement.
“Members of the delegation include people from various civilian sectors who will voice their expectations and suggestions on future cross-strait exchanges ... in the hope that China can directly understand and keep abreast of Taiwan’s public opinions,” it said. 
The visit comes hot on the heels of the first government-to-government talks between Taiwan and China since they split 65 years ago after a civil war. 
Wang Yu-chi, Taiwan’s top official overseeing China policy, on Tuesday met his Chinese counterpart Zhang Zhijun in Nanjing in a symbolic yet historic move between the former bitter rivals. 
Beijing still claims the self-ruled island as part of its territory awaiting reunification. 

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