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Taiwan's ex-VP Lien Chan to meet China's Xi Jinping

Published on Feb 21, 2013 3:15 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's former vice president Lien Chan will meet China's Communist Party chief Xi Jinping in Beijing next week in the highest-level cross-straits meeting since Xi took office, it was announced on Thursday.

Lien, leading a delegation of some 30 politicians and business leaders on a four-day trip, will leave on Sunday and meet Xi the following day at the latter's invitation, said Kuo Su-chun, a spokeswoman for Lien.

"The meeting is significant as it will be the highest-level between the two sides since Xi assumed the leadership" of the party, Kuo said.

"They have known each other for a long time and they will discuss any topic of interest."

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