KMT delegation set to visit Beijing

A delegation from the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) will depart for Beijing on Thursday to hold talks with officials of the Communist Party of China (CPC), a KMT official said Wednesday.

The delegation, headed by KMT Vice Chairman Chen Cheng-hsiang (???), will meet with Zhang Zhijun (???), head of the Taiwan Work Office of the CPC Central Committee, among others, according to a KMT official who asked not to be named.

The trip is part of a program for dialogue and exchanges between the two parties, the official said.

The discussions will focus mainly on exchanges between the bases of the two parties, youth exchanges, and the protection of the interests and rights of the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, the official said.

The KMT delegation, comprising members of the party's administration and think tanks, will also attend a trade fair that will be held Dec. 24 in Beijing to promote the agricultural products and tourism of eight KMT-held counties and cities in Taiwan, the official said.

The eight municipalities are Hsinchu, Miaoli, Nantou, Hualien, Taitung, Kinmen and Lienchiang counties and New Taipei City.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel