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Taiwan intelligence unit confirms Hong Kong visit

Published on May 7, 2013 8:54 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - A top Taiwanese intelligence official has visited Hong Kong in a landmark trip seen as the latest sign of fast-warming ties between Taiwan and former rival China, officials and local media said on Tuesday.

The Bureau of Investigation told AFP that Wu Li-chen, a deputy chief of the bureau, visited Hong Kong last month. It declined to give details.

Ms Wu was thought to be the highest ranking official from the bureau to have visited Hong Kong since 1949, when Taiwan and the Chinese mainland split at the end of a civil war.

Taiwan's state Central News Agency said Ms Wu met law enforcement officials during her three-day visit to the self-governing southern Chinese city beginning April 23.

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