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Ex-China vice premier visits for entrepreneur meet

TAIPEI--Former Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan arrived in Taiwan yesterday to attend a gathering of entrepreneurs from Taiwan and China.

Zeng was invited to Taiwan by Vincent Siew, a former Taiwan vice president and honorary chairman of the Taipei-based Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation, to join him in hosting a cross-strait entrepreneurs summit in Taipei.

Zeng, who was vice premier from 2003 to 2008, now heads the Beijing-based China Center for International Economic Exchanges, a think tank that focuses on promoting international economic research and exchanges and providing consulting services.

Siew, who served as Taiwan's vice president from 2008 to 2012, disclosed last week that he had invited Zeng to visit Taiwan and jointly organize a platform for dialogue and cooperation between entrepreneurs from the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.

Siew said he hoped the planned “Cross-Strait Entrepreneurs Summit” will help the two sides establish a mechanism for sustained high-level dialogue at the nongovernment level on economic development strategies.

In Beijing, meanwhile, Taiwan Affairs Office spokeswoman Fan Liqing confirmed at a regular press conference Wednesday that Zeng had left for Taiwan for a five-day visit at the invitation of the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation.

During his trip, Zeng will hold talks with people in Taiwan on ways to deepen cross-strait economic cooperation, Fan said.

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