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Communist Party of China Fujian chief visits Taiwan

TAIPEI -- Communist Party of China chief of Fujian province You Quan (尤權) has traveled from Southern to Northern Taiwan since Monday, when he arrived in Kaohsiung to begin a five-day tour of the nation.

Like Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), China's Taiwan Affairs Office (國台辦) director who conducted a four-day visit to Taiwan in late June, he explained that he wanted to listen to grassroots voices here. You has also changed his itinerary to emphasize grassroots visits.

On Monday, he toured Kaohsiung Port, where he ate a simple lunchbox at a riverbank bistro, before traveling to Tainan to visit an orchid cultivation park. That night, You stayed in a bed and breakfast.

The following day, You went to Nantou County in Central Taiwan to attend an ancestor worship activity of the Hung clan in Caotun Township. The Hungs of Caotun are descended from early migrants from Fujian.

During his stay in Caotun, You also attended exchanges between namesake villages in Taiwan and China. “This is a cultural exchange of parental love and culture,” You said, adding that the ancestral links gave him a sense that “there is no distance between the two sides.”

You reached Taipei Wednesday after a tour of Taichung the previous day, where he visited Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) and toured a night market, eating local snacks. He is scheduled to return to Fuzhou in Fujian July 11 from Kinmen, a Taiwan-controlled island group off southern China, by ferry.

It is You's first visit to Taiwan and his presence drew media attention because Fujian is the Chinese province designated as the test spot for Beijing's Taiwan policy, meaning that any plans to promote cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges will be first carried out in Fujian.

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