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Former Vice President Siew departs for Boao Forum

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Vice President Vincent Siew headed yesterday for China's Hainan Province, where he will attend this year's Boao Forum for Asia annual conference that will run through Friday.

Siew, who served as vice president between 2008 and 2012, will take part in the conference as honorary head of the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation, a nongovernmental organization set up in 2001 to research market ties between Taiwan and China.

It will be the eighth time he has attended the annual conference. This year, he is scheduled to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang — China's delegate — on the sidelines of the gathering Thursday after its opening earlier in the day. It will be Li's first high-profile meeting with a major politician from Taiwan since he became premier in March 2013.

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