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the products, they took their gloves off,” she said.
Zhao said she even offered Lien a small gift — a small badge depicting the rabbit god.
“I realized it would be inappropriate to present our best products to an official. He even refused the rabbit god badge initially. But I said it
Directions only carried the meaning of good luck. Then he accepted it,” she said.
Lien, who served as chairman of the Kuomintang from 2000 to 2005, was named honorary chairman upon his retirement.
Cross-Straits relations have improved significantly since Lien’s ice-breaking visit to the mainland in 2005, ending a 56-year deadlock, along with Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou taking office in 2008.
In his recent meeting with Xi, Lien underscored the 1992 Consensus and the one-China framework documents, saying that cross-Straits relations do not constitute “international” or “state-to-state” relations.