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Hubei province delegation arrives in Taiwan

TAIPEI--A delegation from the Chinese province of Hubei arrived in Taiwan Monday to attend a series of cultural and business events throughout the week.

The delegation is being led by Hubei Deputy Governor Wang Xiaodong, who said after arriving at the airport that he could already feel the passion and enthusiasm in Taiwan.

Wang said the delegation's visit is aimed at improving understanding through cultural and industrial exchanges organized by Taiwan's Chinese National Federation of Industries and cross-strait exchange promotion groups in Hubei.

This is the 11th time the province and Taiwan have held a week-long event of this type. Various activities, including a forum on Chinese medicine, a seminar on the care industry, and a youth forum, will take place in Taipei, Miaoli, Taichung, Tainan, Chiayi, Tainan and Kaohsiung, according to the organizers.

Taiwan has seen a steady resumption of visits by Chinese provincial and municipal officials, which were previously curtailed as a result of the Sunflower Movement, started in March by Taiwanese opposed to a controversial trade in-services agreement between Taiwan and China.

An earlier delegation led by Zhao Kezhi, the Communist Party of China's chief in Guizhou Province, who arrived April 28, was the first such visit since the April 10 end of the protesters' occupation of the Legislature.

In addition to provincial delegations from Jilin, Hainan and Jiangsu, other notable visitors scheduled to arrive in May include officials from the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Zhou Zhihuai, head of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of Taiwan Studies.

Zhou, who was appointed to head one of China's major think tanks on Taiwan affairs late last year, is set to attend the third Love and Peace Forum in Taipei May 15.

Other notable guests invited to attend the forum include Liu Guoshen, head of Xiamen University's Taiwan Research Institute, Hung Chi chang, a former chairman of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation, and Wu Shu-min, former president of the pro-independence Taiwan Society, according to the Taipei-based Love and Peace Foundation.

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