Lien to leave for Beijing despite Ma’s disapproval

Taiwan News
Date: 2015-08-30
By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Former Kuomintang vice secretary-general Chang Jung-kung overturned the speculation of a

Lien to leave for Beijing on Sunday.  Central News Agency

Lien to leave for Beijing on Sunday. Central News Agency

hidden agenda, stressing that former vice president Lien Chan’s trip to Beijing is primarily to promote political, economic, cultural and social exchanges between both sides of the Straits, reports said Sunday.

Lien drew huge criticisms earlier this week when he accepted Beijing’s invitation to attend the country’s September 3 World War II victory parade. President Ma Ying-jeou even deemed the trip as “inappropriate,” saying it is the stance of the Republic of China government.

When asked by reporters on Sunday if Lien still plans to carry out the visit despite Ma’s objection, Chang replied “What do you think?”

He said the former vice president has always aimed to promote cross-strait dialogue, and that the interaction between officials in Taipei and Beijing is nothing out of the ordinary, including the military parade.     [FULL  STORY]

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