Taiwanese vice-president-elect Vincent Siew Wan-chang yesterday confirmed he would attend the Boao Forum, which starts on Friday, raising the possibility of a meeting with President Hu Jintao . It will be the first trip Mr Siew will make to the mainland following the Kuomintang's victory last month, which saw Ma Ying-jeou win the presidency. But Mr Siew said he would be at the regional economic forum in Boao, Hainan, in his capacity as the head of the Cross-Strait Common Market Foundation, a private group he has set up to forge closer economic ties with the mainland. Mr Ma and Mr Siew will be sworn into power next month. 'I've already attended the Boao Forum five times,' he said in an interview with TVBS, adding that he had discussed the issue with Mr Ma, who respected the decision because 'it is the foundation's affair'. He also said he did not know what sort of welcome he would receive on the mainland or whether he would get to meet Mr Hu. He said he hoped his trip would lay the foundation for future cross-strait relations. Mr Siew has met state leaders on his previous trips to Boao, and in 2004 he met Mr Hu for the first time during a welcome dinner there. While Mr Siew was cautious on the possibility of such an encounter this time, KMT officials have said it was highly likely. KMT legislator Chiu Yi expressed hope that any meeting between the two would be substantial and in-depth. According to its spokesman, Wang Yu-chi, the delegation to Boao will comprise senior members of the foundation, Su Chi, an adviser on cross-strait relations to Mr Ma, and business representatives. Mr Ma and Mr Siew have repeatedly called for more normal cross-strait relations and an enhancement of economic interaction with the mainland. Chang Ling-chen, a professor of political science at National Taiwan University, said the fact Mr Siew would attend the Boao forum represented an overture by Beijing to the KMT after the election. 'Beijing would not have allowed him to attend the forum if they didn't recognise his status as the vice-president-elect, even though he is going in his unofficial capacity,' Professor Chang said.