Mr. Lien's April 29 meeting with the Chinese leader will be the highlight of his eight-day visit to the mainland. His trip comes weeks after a high-level delegation from his Nationalist Party visited China.
The Nationalists lost a civil war to the Chinese Communists in 1949, a defeat that led to the split between China and Taiwan. The Nationalists now seek eventual reunification of Taiwan with China, much to the dismay of pro-independence President Chen Shui-bian.
Taiwan officials have warned Mr. Lien against signing any agreements during his visit, suggesting that he could face prosecution once he returns home.Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.