Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Taiwan chairman returns after 56 years

Taiwan opposition Kuomintang [KMT] Chairman, Lien Chan is visiting Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, in Nanjing – Live coverage on CCTV9 but no mention elsewhere. Described as a ‘journey of peace’ on the strap. The founder of the KMT was buried in the tomb in 1929. Lien Chan is the first KMT chairman to set foot on the mainland since 1949. Tomorrow, he is scheduled to fly to Beijing to meet Jia Qinglin, a Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, and hold talks with General Secretary Hu Jintao on Friday. Lien's landmark trip has triggered a media war among overseas media organizations as well as those from the mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao. Local officials said at least 400 journalists have flocked to Nanjing for coverage of the "big event." And the scrum on CCTV9 is evidence already. 27/04/05 09:17 LOCAL TIME / 01:17 UTC

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