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Taiwan Opposition Leader Meets Top Chinese Official


James Soong (file photo)
Taiwan opposition leader James Soong has met with the chief of China's Communist Party, President Hu Jintao in Beijing.

Mr. Soong, chairman of the People First Party, is the second Taiwanese opposition politician in a month to tour China and hold discussions with top Chinese leaders.

In his speeches in China, Mr. Soong has emphasized his party's commitment to reunification with the mainland. He has also urged Beijing to drop its threats to attack Taiwan and instead focus on boosting economic ties and other links to improve relations.

China has welcomed Mr. Soong's visit, as well as the historic visit earlier this month by Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party leader Lien Chan.

China hopes the visits by the two opposition leaders will put pressure on Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.