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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.

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