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    Apr 13, 2015

    KMT chief wants to meet Xi in Shanghai soon


    THE head of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party said yesterday that he plans to meet China's President Xi Jinping next month, in what will be the first visit to the mainland by a KMT chief since 2008.

    Eric Chu, who succeeded embattled President Ma Ying-jeou as the party's chairman in January, said "a plan for a meeting of the two party leaders is being arranged" at a forum in Shanghai with China's Communist Party next month.

    Details of the meeting have not been finalised, he said. The local media said Mr Chu would fly to Shanghai on May 2 and address the forum's opening the next day, adding that he also plans to speak to university students there.

    In June 2010, the two sides signed a trade pact known as the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, widely seen as the boldest step yet towards reconciliation.

    But public sentiment has turned against the Beijing-friendly approach, as voters say trade deals have been agreed in secret and not benefited ordinary Taiwanese.