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Senior Chinese official hopeful of early visit to Taiwan
Central News Agency
2014-04-10 11:50 AM
Boao, China, April 10 (CNA) Zhang Zhijun, Minister of Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office under the State Council, believes that the recent "sunflower" student movement has given him more reason to come to Taiwan, and he hopes to make a visit before the end of June, he said Thursday. When quizzed by Taiwanese media at the opening of the 2014 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), Zhang said he did not know if he will visit in April as originally planned, just that he hopes it will be within the first half of the year. The minister postponed his plans for the April visit after the outbreak of protests in Taiwan against the cross-Taiwan Strait trade-in-services agreement with China. According to some Taiwanese businessmen, Zhang made his decision to delay the trip as early as the day after protesters began their occupation of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan March 18. Zhang, along with other leaders and representatives from around Asia, is currently attending the BFA, an annual conference hosted in China's Hainan Province that is modeled after the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and gives participants a chance to share their ideas on Asia's most pressing issues. Taiwan's former Vice President Vincent Siew is attending this year's BFA, the eighth time he has taken part in the proceedings. (By Eva Feng and John Scot Feng)
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