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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Japan Today - News - Taiwan opposition leader begins historic visit to China - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - Taiwan opposition leader begins historic visit to China - Japan's Leading International News Network: "

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 05:37 JST
NANJING, China — Taiwan's Nationalist Party Chairman Lien Chan began in Nanjing on Tuesday an eight-day visit to China, the party's civil war rival for control of the mainland before 1949.

Lien was given a red-carpet welcome in this eastern city by the head of the Communist Party's Taiwan Office Chen Yunlin and leaders of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office as well as leading party officials from Jiangsu province.

It is the first visit by a Kuomintang (KMT) party chairman to mainland China since it lost a civil war to the Communists and fled to Taiwan in 1949.

Lien said he was 'honored and happy' and would 'cherish' his time in China, which considers Taiwan part of its territory awaiting reunification by force if necessary.

He said he would use the visit to improve relations across the Taiwan Straits.

'Concerning the common future of the two sides of the straits and how we can reach a future of mutual benefit and a peaceful win-win situation, it is an issue that everyone is concerned about,' he said at the airport.

'The delegation of the Kuomintang hopes to reach the goal of a peaceful and stable cross-strait relationship and we will work towards this. We really hope that people from all walks of life will also strive for this.'"

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