Wang Yu-chi, center, speaks to the press on Feb. 5. (Photo/Chen Chi-chuan)
An upcoming cross-strait meeting between top officials in charge of Taiwan-China affairs is expected to draw wide media coverage as it will be the first time such a meeting has taken place.
Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) minister Wang Yu-chi will arrive in the Chinese city of Nanjing Feb. 11 on the first day of a four-day visit, where he will meet with Zhang Zhijun, minister of China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO).
The two sides are likely to exchange ideas on setting up a mechanism for direct communication between the MAC and the TAO, protecting freedom of the press and ensuring a balanced flow of news and information across the strait. They are also expected to discuss Taiwan's efforts to participate in regional free trade blocs such as the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The following day, the MAC chief will visit the mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen, the father of republican China, and deliver a speech at Nanjing University on the importance of youth exchanges, according to MAC spokeswoman Wu Mei-hung.
Wang will proceed to Shanghai on Feb. 13 to exchange views with scholars from thinktanks there before visiting Radio and Television Shanghai, Wu said.
He will visit a school for the children of Taiwanese entrepreneurs in China on Feb. 14 and return to Taiwan later that same day, she added.
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