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Taiwan Quick Take: KMT to invite TAO head

STAFF WRITER

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday announced it would hold a "cross-strait agricultural cooperation" forum in October in Taipei, and that it planned to invite Chen Yunlin (陳雲林), director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office. The forum will be the second meeting between the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) following the KMT-CCP economic forum in April. KMT Chinese Affairs Department director Chang Rong-kung (張榮恭) said that the forum would discuss issues such as the challenges facing the agricultural industry from the WTO and cross-strait agricultural cooperation. The Mainland Affairs Council refused to grant Chen an entry visa to attend the economic forum in Taipei last year. The KMT and the CCP then moved the forum to Beijing, where it was held this year. Chang yesterday said the party's think tank would send out an application as soon as possible and called on the government to grant the necessary visas.

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