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Date Set for Taiwanese Opposition Leader's Trip to China


The China Times says Taiwan's main opposition leader has accepted an invitation to visit China later this month.

The newspaper says Lien Chan will leave for the mainland on April 26 for an eight-day visit that will include talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Mr. Chan leads Taiwan's Nationalist Party, which lost a civil war with the Communists in 1949. The nationalists now seek eventual reunification with Beijing, which has threatened to invade if the island declares its independence.

The head of Taiwan's smaller opposition party, , has also accepted an invitation to visit China.

Mr. Chan's trip comes weeks after a high-level delegation from his party visited China.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.