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Wang Yu-chi lays wreath at mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen

ROC Central News Agency

2014/02/12 13:18:51

Nanjing, Feb. 12 (CNA) Taiwan's top China policy planner Wang Yu-chi said the Republic of China founded by Sun Yat-sen 103 years ago is still alive after he paid his respects to Sun at father of modern China's mausoleum in Nanjing on Wednesday morning.

Wang, who arrived in Nanjing Tuesday for talks with his Chinese counterpart Zhang Zhijun, the head of Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office, read loudly a special tribute to Sun in front of Sun's statue in the mausoleum and then laid a wreath.

The tribute Wang read was signed by Wang using his official title -- Mainland Affairs Council minister -- which is unusual since Beijing doesn't recognize the Republic of China, which is now Taiwan's official name.

After laying the wreath, Wang spoke to Chinese visitors at the mausoleum and stressed that the Republic of China is now 103 years old.

It was unclear if the use of country's name caught local authorities by surprise, but the Chinese officials accompanying Wang on the visit stood far away from him when he spoke to the visitors.

Wang, whose meeting with Zhang on Tuesday was the first ever between the heads of Cabinet-level agencies of the two countries, was scheduled to deliver a speech at Nanjing University Wednesday afternoon.

(By Eva Feng, Scalett Chai and Maubo Chang)

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