Ex-vice president Siew arrives in Hainan

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Shanghai, April 9 (CNA) Former Taiwan Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) arrived in Hainan, China on Monday to attend the Boao Forum for Asia in his role as honorary chairman of the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation.

Siew is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the four-day annual conference that started on Sunday and has gathered leaders from Asia and around the world to share their vision on the most pressing regional and global issues.

A source who asked not be identified said Xi is expected to meet with Siew behind closed doors on Tuesday afternoon after receiving the Taiwanese delegation at the annual forum.

Chen Te-sheng (陳德昇), executive director of the Taiwan-based Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation, told CNA that there was still no fixed time and place for the Siew-Xi encounter.

But Chen said Siew plans to hold a press conference at 6 p.m. Tuesday to brief the media on his talk with Xi.

Among the topics that could be discussed during the meeting are the 31 incentives announced by Beijing on Feb. 28 targeting Taiwanese nationals and businesses and the current trade fiction between China and the United States.

The measures announced by Beijing, aimed at attracting Taiwanese corporations and individuals, would allow them to compete on an equal footing with Chinese nationals in China.

It will be the third time that Siew and Xi have met. The first Siew-Xi meeting was held at the 2013 Boao Forum for Asia and they met again in 2014 in Beijing at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

(By Shine Chen and Romulo Huang)

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