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Top Chinese negotiator wraps up Taiwan visit

ROC Central News Agency

2011/02/28 12:38:58

By Bien Chin-feng and Sofia Wu

Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) Chen Yunlin, China's top negotiator with Taiwan, departed for Beijing Monday after a six-day visit that took him to some of southern Taiwan's cities and counties for the first time.

Chen, president of the Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) , looked happy as he waved to airport staff and reporters when he arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Kao Koong-lian, vice president of the Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) , saw Chen and his delegation off at the airport. Chen did not make any comments prior to his departure for home.

He started his fourth visit to Taiwan on Feb. 23 at the head of a delegation composed of senior executives of large Chinese enterprises.

With promoting cross-strait trade and investment as the chief goals of the visit, Chen led the delegation to tour a number of Taiwanese companies in the semiconductor, passive components, recreation and entertainment, yacht, petrochemical, harbor, logistics, transportation and green energy sectors during his stay.

The just-concluded visit marked the first time that Chen had ventured into southern Taiwan where politics lean more towards Taiwan independence.

Unsurprisingly, the Chinese negotiator met stiff protests in Yunlin County, as well as in Kaohsiung City and Chiayi County, all of which are controlled by the pro-independence opposition Democratic Progressive Party.

Chen said Saturday at a seminar in Taipei that his meetings with southern Taiwan businessmen and farmers were meaningful and fruitful.

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