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SEF chairman leaves for visit to mainland China

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's top negotiator with China departed yesterday for his first cross-Taiwan Strait visit this year.

Lin Join-sane, chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), will visit Yunnan and Shandong provinces to meet Taiwanese businessmen there.

He will also visit Shandong's principle Confucian temple and be hosted by his Chinese counterpart, Chen Deming, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS).

Lin was originally set to visit China last month, but did not make the trip because of controversy over the hotly protested trade-in-services pact with China.

The pact, which was signed between the SEF and ARATS in June 2013, remains stalled in the Legislative Yuan.

The ruling Kuomintang's (KMT's) move to send the pact straight to the legislative floor, bypassing legislative committee review, sparked an unprecedented occupation of the Legislature by students that began March 18 and ended April 10.

“Cross strait exchanges cannot be stopped because of the student movement,” Lin said.

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