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Ex-VP Siew expected to meet with Chinese premier at Boao conference
Central News Agency
2014-04-05 10:37 PM
Taipei, April 5 (CNA) All eyes are on Former Vice President Vincent Siew's expected meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of next week's Boao Forum for Asia as protests over the trade-in-services deal between the two sides continue to grip Taiwan. Siew, vice president from 2008 to 2012, will attend the conference as honorary head of the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation, a non- governmental organization founded in 2001 to research market ties between Taiwan and China. It will be his eighth time attending the annual conference, where he is likely to meet again China's delegate -- Li this year -- as he has in past years. It will however be Li's first high-profile meeting with a major politician from Taiwan since becoming premier in March of last year. Many in Taiwan and China speculate on whether Siew and the economic reform-minded Li will talk about major trade and economic issues between their two sides. If so, their interaction will be the first cross-strait dialogue since Taiwanese protesters opposed to the services pact occupied the Legislative Yuan in Taipei on March 18. While protests have kept Taiwanese politicians busy, China has so far made relatively few public comments. This year's Boao Forum will focus on the search for new growth drivers for the region. The forum and related events are set for April 8-11 in Hainan Province. Siew and the Taiwanese delegation are slated to fly in April 9 to attend the opening ceremony the following day, followed by a cross-strait entrepreneur forum on April 11 before returning home April 12. (By Kao Chao-fen and Elizabeth Hsu)
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