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China, Taiwan Hold Historic Meeting

From AFP: Chinese President Hu Jintao met here with a senior Taiwan envoy in the highest-level meeting to take place overseas between the rivals since their split in 1949. Taiwan’s former premier Lien Chan, who is honorary...

Beijing Meeting Suggests Warming China-Taiwan Ties

From Reuters: A senior Taiwan politician met Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing on Tuesday, in the latest step to try to forge closer ties between Beijing and the self-ruled island it claims as sovereign territory. Lien...

Former Taiwan Opposition Leader Meets Hu – AP

From AP: Chinese President Hu Jintao met Saturday with a former Taiwanese opposition leader and called for closer economic and cultural ties between the estranged sides, a state news agency reported. Hu and Lien Chan, honorary chairman of Taiwan’s Nationalist Party, met at a forum on Chinese-Taiwanese business ties, the Xinhua News Agency reported. It […]

Lien Chan’s China jaunt – Paul Lin Êûó‰øùËèØ

Editorial from the Taipei Times (link): Former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Lien Chan (ÈÄ£Êà∞) has once again been to Beijing to join hands with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to suppress Taiwan. Because he no longer represents the KMT at large, China has surreptitiously changed the name of the event from the “KMT-CCP Economic […]

Taiwan opposition in China talks – BBC

From BBC News (link): The former leader of Taiwan’s opposition Kuomintang party has urged direct flights and expanded trade links between China and Taiwan. Lien Chan is in the Chinese capital Beijing for two days of talks with the communist party. He is due to meet President Hu Jintao on Sunday. Mr Lien is leading […]

Lien Chan leaves for Beijing to attend cross-Straits forum – Xinhua

From Xinhua News Agency (link): Kuomintang Honorary Chairman Lien Chan left for Beijing Thursday morning to attend a cross-Straits economic and trade forum to be held in Beijing. According to the local media in Taiwan, Lien delivered a short speech at the airport before departure. He said that in addition to attending the forum, he […]

Lien Chan to meet with Hu again – He Pengfei

From China News Agency via sina.com (in Chinese), translated by CDT (link): Lien Chan, honorary chairman of the Nationalist Party in Taiwan, will meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao on April 16 with his visiting delegation of 60 Taiwan’s Pan-Blue political figures and business executives during their trip to the Mainland to attend the first […]

Weijian Shan: Taiwan must build bridges to China

From The Financial Times (subscription required): Amid great media hoopla surrounding the visits of two top Taiwanese opposition leaders to mainland China in recent weeks a simple truth has been forgotten. It took both leaders, Lien Chan and James Soong, the better part of a working day to complete a journey that could have been […]

Henry Ting: Getting in on the Taiwan-China act

From Asia Times Online: Kuomintang (KMT) chairman Lien Chan surprised everybody in Taiwan and the world with his bold journey for peace in China. His stroke of political brilliance to initiate the dialogue between China and Taiwan has become a critical turning point for the future of China. Lien’s declaration of “we can grasp the […]

The Japan Times: A historic visit to China

From The Japan Times Online: China closed a chapter in its history this week with the visit to the mainland by Mr. Lien Chan, the head of Taiwan’s Kuomintang (KMT), or Nationalist Party. Mr. Lien’s trip was the first by a KMT leader since Chiang Kai-shek fled to Taiwan in 1949, abandoning the country to […]

Boston Globe Editorial: Chinese peace feelers

From a Boston Globe editorial: THERE ARE obvious reasons and not-so-obvious reasons to applaud the unprecedented visit to Beijing by the leader of Taiwan’s Nationalist Party, Lien Chan. It is certainly better for leaders on both sides of the Taiwan Strait to be settling their quarrels by political means rather than peremptory declarations or threats […]

CSM: Taiwan Can’t Be Fooled

This is The Christian Science Monitor’s commentary, from csmonitor.com: China’s autocrats can’t seem to accept that Taiwan is a democracy in which the people have voted for Mr. Chen twice, and against Mr. Lien. They also must think they can act kindly toward Taiwanese politicians they favor while aiming hundreds of missiles at the island […]

William Foreman: Taiwan’s president invites China to talks

From AP, via ABCNews.com: Taiwan’s leader on Monday invited rival China to talks under the principles of “peace, democracy and parity,” echoing a call by Taiwan’s opposition leader while on a visit to the mainland. President Chen Shui-bian called on Chinese leaders to begin negotiations shortly after Nationalist Party Chairman Lien Chan made a similar […]

Different Views on Lien Chan’s Visit

Here are some recent articles on Lie Chan’s visit from different perspectives: Xinhua: Hu-Lien meeting evokes worldwide applause People’s Daily: HK various sectors highly appraise CPC-KMT meeting Taipei Times: Politicians must respect the people International Herald Tribune: Nationalists, Communists together again

China’s old foes seek an end to conflict

From the Economist: An historic meeting between the two sides in China’s 1926-49 civil war”the mainland’s Communist Party and the Taiwan-based Kuomintang”has ended in a pledge to seek a definitive end to hostilities and pursue economic integration. The Kuomintang leader, Lien Chan, may also have done some good with his call”televised across the mainland”for the […]

Lien visits his alma mater in Xi’an

From ETToday.com: KMT Chairman Lien Chan, currently on a visit to China, arrived in Xi’an on Saturday, and paid a visit to the elementary school where he had studied during his childhood. Lien Chan was greeted warmly by the students there, and in return, Lien presented a red-envelope with RMB100,000 to his alma mater for […]

Bloomberg: China Leader, Taiwan Nationalist Chief Hold Meeting

From Bloomberg.com: China President Hu Jintao called Taiwan opposition Nationalist Party Chairman Lien Chan a “friend” and said their landmark meeting today shows the determination of the political rivals to forge peaceful ties. Lien and the Nationalists are “friends from afar,” Hu, 62, said today as the two prepared to hold private talks. Their meeting […]

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