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Wang meets with Lee Teng-hui to discuss the KMT's internal affairs

GREEN AND BLUE The Chinese Nationalist Party vice chairman met with the former president to talk about the psrty's efforts to reform

By Debby Wu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) met former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) at Lee's residence in Hone Shee Villa in Tahsi, Taoyuan County to talk about Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) party affairs earlier this week, a source from the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) said yesterday.

But Wang would not comment on whether he met Lee earlier this week.

The TSU source, who wished to remain anonymous, pointed out that Wang talked with Lee about the KMT's internal affairs for over an hour, and they discussed several issues, such as Wang's bid for KMT chairmanship and party reform.

Although Wang has remained on good terms with Lee after Lee broke ties with the KMT, Lee was not happy with Wang's close tie with KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰) in the series of protests after the presidential election, and the two were said to become distant.

Yet Wang's secret meeting with Lee earlier this week seemed to break the rumor that they were becoming distant.

Lee has been encouraging Wang to bid for the KMT chairmanship and lead the KMT to become a pro-localization party, analysts say.

Meanwhile, it is also important for Wang to remain on good terms with Lee and the TSU to keep himself in the race for the legislative speakership next year, since he may be in a difficult situation after the legislative election if the pan-green camp wins a majority of seats in the legislature, as many polls predict.

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