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Top cross-strait negotiators to meet in China

Staff writer, with CNA

Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Lin Join-sane (林中森) is scheduled to meet his Chinese counterpart tomorrow in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, as part of a trip to visit Taiwanese businesspeople and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials.

Lin and China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits Chairman Chen Deming (陳德銘) are expected to meet at an event held by an association of Taiwanese businesspeople based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.

Chen and Lin had a closed-door meeting in Huaian City, Jiangsu Province, on Saturday before a forum with Taiwanese businesspeople.

Responding to reporters’ questions after the meeting, Chen said the allegations that former Mainland Affairs Council deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) had been leaking secrets to Beijing would eventually seem “trivial” within the context of long-term cross-strait ties.

Lin, meanwhile, told reporters that he and Chen had not discussed the Chang case, but had agreed at the meeting that the pursuit of peace between Taiwan and China should not be affected by “trivial things.”

Leading a delegation of foundation board members and supervisors, Lin is on a visit to Ningbo and Hangzhou cities in Zhejiang from yesterday through Friday.

The delegation is to meet several CCP officials in Zhejiang, including provincial party chief Xia Baolong (夏寶龍).

They are also scheduled to visit the Formosa Plastics Group’s industrial park in Ningbo; the Hangzhou Economic and Technological Development Area; and Dongfeng Yulon Motor Co, a Hangzhou-based joint venture between Taiwan’s Yulon Motor and Chinese automaker Dongfeng Motor.

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