SEF head to travel to China, despite qualms

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 20, 2016
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) said its chairman is still planning to visit China, despite misgivings about cross-strait exchanges after Beijing on Thursday announced the re-establishment of diplomatic ties with the Gambia.

Chairman Lin Join-sane (林中森) is scheduled to make a 10-day visit to China early next month, the semi-official body set up to handle exchanges in the absence of official ties said.

Lin’s itinerary was on Wednesday sent to the SEF’s Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), the foundation said, adding that it has yet to receive a response from the association, but there should be no changes.

Lin is scheduled to travel to Xiamen, China, and take part in activities involving Taiwanese businesspeople there, while the ARATS is expected to send officials to accompany Lin based on past practice, the SEF said.

Whether there are to be changes on the part of China remains to be seen, but Lin’s visit is still being planned, it added.     [FULL  STORY]

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