Tai­wan af­fairs chief plans to visit is­land

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The Chi­nese main­land’s Tai­wan af­fairs chief is sched­uled to make a his­toric four­day visit to the is­land later this month, a Tai­wan of­fi­cial said on Thurs­day.

Zhang Zhi­jun, head of the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil, will lead a del­e­ga­tion to visit Tai­wan on June 23, said Wu Mei-hung, spokes­woman for the Main­land Af­fairs Coun­cil in Taipei.

Zhang will visit New Taipei, Tai-chung and Kaoh­si­ung, she said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence.

The visit will be the first to the is­land by a chief from the main­land’s Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice.

An of­fi­cial from the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil con­firmed the in­for­ma­tion re­leased by the Tai­wan spokes­woman later on Thurs­day.

Zhang will meet with Wang Yu-chi, his Tai­wan coun­ter­part, and ex­change ideas with him on cross-Straits is­sues, said the of­fi­cial, who de­clined to be named.

Wang Jin-pyng, head of the leg­isla­tive cham­ber of Tai­wan, said on Thurs­day that Zhang is sched­uled to meet with stu­dents at I-Shou Univer­sity in Kaoh­si­ung, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Hong Kong-based Tai­wan Re­view.

Zhang will not meet with of­fi­cials of Tai­wan’s “cen­tral govern­ment”, nor will he visit Taipei, the re­port said.

Ac­cord­ing to the cur­rent agenda, Zhang is not sched­uled to meet with Tsai Ing­wen, chair­woman of Tai­wan’s main op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party, the re­port said.

Fan Liqing, spokes­woman for the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil, said on Wed­nes­day that the main­land firmly op­poses the DPP’s “Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence” stance and se­ces­sion­ist at­tempts.

In Fe­bru­ary, Zhang met vis­it­ing Wang Yu-chi in Nan­jing, Jiangsu prov­ince, and ac­cepted Wang’s in­vi­ta­tion to visit the is­land.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Zhang told Wang that he ex­pected to visit Tai­wan in the first half of this year.

Both sides should deepen po­lit­i­cal trust and pro­mote in­ter­ac­tions to ben­e­fit the people, Zhang said on Mon­day while meet­ing with Wu Po-hsi­ung, vis­it­ing hon­orary chair­man of Tai­wan’s rul­ing Kuom­intang.

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