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Taiwan's former leader Lien Chan meets Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing

Published on Feb 18, 2014 6:45 PM
Mr Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee (L) walks with visiting Honorary Chairman of the Kuomintang Lien Chan to a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on February 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - A former vice-president of Taiwan met China's top leader on Tuesday, state media reported, in the latest high-level encounter between the two sides amid steadily closer relations.

Mr Lien Chan, also an honorary chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party, met President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency said. It did not immediately provide details of what was discussed.

The four-day visit by Mr Lien, who arrived on Monday, follows the first government-to-government talks between Taiwan and China since they split 65 years ago after a civil war.

In an apparent nod to the political sensitivities of China-Taiwan encounters, the Xinhua report described Mr Xi by his party title of "general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee" rather than as state president.

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