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China official to tour Southern Taiwan farms

China official to tour Southern Taiwan farms

TAIPEI (Taiwan) – Senior Chinese official Zheng Lizhong was scheduled to arrive in Kaohsiung Saturday for a ten-day trip devoted to agriculture and fisheries, reports said.
Zheng is the deputy director of the Chinese government’s Taiwan Affairs Office and has paid numerous visits to Taiwan, usually to prepare for and participate in talks between Taiwan and China which take place twice a year, once in each country.
His latest visit would start in Kaohsiung and take him to Taichung and Changhua in Central Taiwan, and Chiayi, Yunlin, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung in Southern Taiwan, reports said. The five southern regions are governed by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, which fiercely defends Taiwan’s sovereignty against China and has staged protests against visiting Chinese officials in the past.
Zheng was planning to visit farms, tea plantations, fish processing plants and technology-related businesses, reports said. He would spend more than ten days in the country and leave by way of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport after meeting with Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation.
On a past visit, he reportedly promised to help Taiwanese banana farmers by buying their produce. It was not immediately known whether he would make good on his promise.
Zheng reportedly requested a low profile for his tour. His delegation will be comparably small and will be hoping to avoid too much media attention, reports said.
The visit was arranged by the National Policy Foundation, a think tank closely associated with the ruling Kuomintang. Former Vice President Lien Chan chairs the NPF.


Updated : 2021-10-18 12:26 GMT+08:00