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China visit aimed at past, future: Lien

TAIPEI--Ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chairman Lien Chan said Sunday that he is going to China to promote engagements across the Taiwan Strait.

“The purpose of my trip is very simple — to boost bilateral exchanges by reviewing past developments and projecting future growth trends,” Lien said prior to his departure for Beijing.

Lien, who is traveling at the head of a delegation of more than 30 political figures and business executives, said he has not visited Beijing in nearly two years.

“I want to take advantage of this trip to get an overview of the latest developments there and meet old friends and good pals of mine as well as make new friends,” he said.

“Today happens to be Lantern Festival on the Chinese Lunar calendar. This is really a good time to make a nostalgic yet forward-looking journey,” he added.

Lien said that while cross-strait relations have made substantial progress in various aspects since the crucial years of 2005 and 2008, there is still ample room for improvement and reinforcement.

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