Lien Chan

Different responses to Siew and Lien trips reveal Ma's thinking

Vincent Siew meets Xi Jinping in Boao on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

Taiwanese authorities reacted positively to a landmark meeting between the island's former vice-president, Vincent Siew Wan-chang, and new top mainland leader Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan on Monday.

Wednesday, 10 April, 2013, 5:03am

Xi's talk of cross-strait dream 'aimed at political talks'

Lien Chan (left) and Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters

Communist Party leader Xi Jinping's appeal for people across the Taiwan Strait to forge dreams together is being seen as a new approach by the party's new leadership to make the prospect of cross-strait political talks more accessible.

2 Mar 2013 - 5:03am

'Major progress' in cross-strait ties accords with wishes of both sides: Hu Jintao

Hu Jintao meets with Lien Chan (centre), the visiting honorary chairman of the KMT, and his wife Lien Fangyu. Photo: Reuters

President Hu Jintao yesterday told the visiting honorary chairman of Taiwan's Kuomintang, Lien Chan, that cross-strait ties had made "major progress" since 2005. Analysts saw Hu's comment as an effort to cement his legacy as a key figure in the thawing of ties between the mainland and Taiwan before he is succeeded by Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping next month.

27 Feb 2013 - 8:18am

Xi vows to push for 'peaceful reunification' with Taiwan

Lien Chan shakes hands with Xi Jinping in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Communist Party leader Xi Jinping told the visiting honorary chairman of Taiwan's Kuomintang, Lien Chan, on Monday that his team would continue to build cross-strait ties and strive for "peaceful reunification" with the island.

26 Feb 2013 - 5:48am 2 comments

Xi vows friendly ties with Taiwan in meeting with Lien

Taiwan's KMT Chairman Lien Chan meets Communist Party chief Xi Jinping in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

New Chinese leader Xi Jinping vowed on Monday to pursue friendly ties with Taiwan and keep seeking “peaceful reunification” in a meeting with an influential politician from the island.

25 Feb 2013 - 10:43pm

Top Taiwan official Lien Chan to meet Xi Jinping in Beijing

Lien Chan and his wife wave before leaving with a 30-strong delegation to Beijing. Photo: SCMP

Speculation is rife in Taiwan media that Xi, who is poised to become president in March, might propose strengthening co-operation between Taipei and Beijing in exploiting maritime resources in the disputed waters of the East China Sea and South China Sea.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:43am

KMT envoy Lien set for talks with Xi in Beijing

Lien Chan

Taiwanese politicians and pundits see the meeting, to be followed by another on Tuesday with outgoing President Hu Jintao, as highly significant given that Xi succeeds Hu as state leader next month.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:59am

Cross-strait relations nearing 'deep water zone'

Mainlanders wait for coaches outside The Grand Hotel in Taipei. More than 4.14 million mainlanders have visited the island since Taipei allowed travel in 2008, which has added HK$56 billion to the Taiwan economy. Photo: Felix Wong

The frosty wind that blew across the Taiwan Strait for decades has warmed considerably in recent years as both Beijing and Taipei focused on areas of agreement rather than dispute.

18 Oct 2012 - 7:22am

Academics may discuss cross-strait peace deal

Lien Chan speaks after the Apec summit in Russia. Photo: AFP

Beijing has given a positive response to a proposal by the honorary chairman of Taiwan's Kuomintang, Lien Chan, that progress towards a cross-strait peace treaty could start with academic discussion of the issue.

13 Sep 2012 - 3:30am

Hu Jintao expects Taiwan ties to remain unchanged

Taiwan’s former vice-president, Lien Chan, meets with Hu Jintao at the Apec forum in Vladivostok, Russia, last week. Photo: AFP

President Hu Jintao expects ties with Taiwan to remain the same despite an imminent, once-in-a-decade leadership change in Beijing, a top Taiwanese politician said on Wednesday.

Taiwan’s former vice-president, Lien Chan, made the comments after meeting Hu at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum in Vladivostok last week.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hu tells KMT's Lien '1992 consensus' crucial to ties

President Hu Jintao reiterated the importance of abiding by the so-called 1992 consensus for peaceful development of cross-strait relations when he met Kuomintang honorary chairman Lien Chan.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Gay Pride parade gets back in step today

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Taiwan gears up to face leaks on cross-strait ties

Taiwan has set up a special task force to try to control possible damage over some highly sensitive documents that may be released by WikiLeaks.

2 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Annette Lu calls for fresh inquiry into 2004 shooting

Former Taiwanese vice-president Annette Lu Hsiu-lien has called for a fresh inquiry into a mysterious shooting incident during the presidential election campaign five years ago.

11 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In 'In from the cold' published yesterday on page A15, Lien Chan was incorrectly identified as former Democratic Progressive Party chairman. Mr Lien is former chairman of the Kuomintang. His name was also misspelled. We apologise for the errors.

30 Sep 2008 - 12:00am