The secretary-general of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang briefly met US President Bill Clinton after the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. John Chang Hsiao-yen met Mr Clinton in a 'very cordial atmosphere' Taiwan's TVBS cable television network said. Mr Chang also spoke to Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and invited him to make another trip to Taiwan. 'We needed to relay the latest, detailed situation in Taiwan to them, to enable them to gain a clearer understanding,' Mr Chang said after seeing Mr Clinton. 'They were very concerned about cross-strait relations,' he said. Details of Mr Chang's discussions with Mr Clinton were unavailable. The meeting is likely to annoy Beijing, which claims Taiwan is unqualified to conduct diplomacy of any kind. Mr Chang also met State Department officials during a visit to the Washington-based American Institute in Taiwan, an ostensibly private organisation that functions as America's de facto liaison body with Taipei in the absence of formal diplomatic ties. Later, Mr Chang met exiled mainland dissident Wei Jingsheng, who accompanied him at a banquet for Kuomintang cadres operating in the United States. Mr Wei warned Mr Chang not to fall for Beijing's 'classic scheme' of seeking negotiations with Taipei. 'As a basis for negotiations, Beijing should first recognise there are two political entities within China,' Mr Wei said. 'It isn't a matter of one country and another country, but at least there are two political entities.' He said Beijing was merely hatching a 'scheme' by urging Taipei to talk. 'When they want to recover you, strike you down or purge you, they will cut off your peripheral relationships, cut off your safety net,' he said. Beijing was urging Taipei to negotiate so that foreign governments, especially the US, could be persuaded not to interfere in what would be deemed an internal 'family matter', Mr Wei said. He said he thought Taipei and Beijing should bring in a third party, possibly the US, as a mediator. Mr Wei has accepted an invitation to visit Taiwan in September. Mr Chang said Chinese communists were working to create a false impression of Taiwan in the international community.