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Taiwan opposition party expels ex-chief over China visit

Published on Mar 4, 2014 8:02 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's radical pro-independence party the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) said on Tuesday it would expel its former party chief after his controversial visit to China.

Mr Shu Chin-chiang, who was TSU chairman from January 2005 through December 2006, joined a delegation accompanying the island's former vice-president Lien Chan on a trip to China last month.

Mr Lien, who paved the way for the current detente when he was the Kuomintang party's chairman in 2005, met President Xi Jinping.

According to a TSU statement, during the visit Mr Shu hailed Mr Lien as "the initiator of peaceful development across the Strait", and urged the major opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to remove "Taiwan independence" from its party platform.

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