different strokes Both People First Party (PFP) chairman James Soong Chu-yu nd his Kuomintang counterpart, Lien Chan, wrote calligraphies when they paid respects to Sun Yat-sen, founder of China's republican revolution, at his mausoleum in Nanjing . But the similarity ended in totally different styles of writing. Mr Soong penned a five-line piece combining phrases by Communist Party General Secretary President Hu Jintao and Sun. Mr Lien simply penned four characters literally meaning 'the beautiful mausoleum of Yat-sen'. Mr Soong's calligraphy was praised by Taiwanese media as professional, but Mr Lien was said to be holding the brush like a ballpoint pen. privileged stay Mr Soong has received a similar reception to that accorded Mr Lien - they even stayed in the same hotel suite in Nanjing. But Lianhe Zaobao in Singapore reported he might stay in the privileged Diaoyutai State Guesthouse with deputies when they visit Beijing this week. Mr Lien and his delegation stayed in the Beijing Hotel. The report said Mr Soong had requested the guesthouse, often reserved for state dignitaries. Latin American trip Jia Qinglin, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, left yesterday for state visits to Mexico, Cuba, Colombia and Uruguay, and will not be meeting the PFP delegation this week. Mr Jia was seen entertaining a delegation led by Mr Lien. Beijing-backed Wen Wei Po on Thursday reported that Vice-President Zeng Qinghong would take Mr Jia's place.