Taipei, Chen Yunlin (???), a retired Chinese official once in charge of contact with Taiwan, will visit Taiwan to pay his respects to his counterpart, former Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung (???), who died recently at the age of 85.
The Taipei-based SEF will assist with Chen's visit, former SEF Secretary-General Kao Wen-cheng (???) said Saturday, adding that a precise date and schedule have yet to be determined.
A memorial in honor of Chiang is currently being held at the SEF building until Dec. 21, Kao said, adding that Chiang's family has already expressed hope that Chen could arrive by then.
Chiang, former SEF chairman from 2008-2012, died Dec. 10 of multiple organ failure at Mackay Memorial Hospital in Taipei. At the time of his death, he was head of the Straits Economic and Cultural Interchange Association.
A statement from the Chinese government's Taiwan Affairs Office confirmed Friday that Chen, who is former president of the Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits would visit Taiwan in a private capacity and as a friend of the late Kuomintang official.
Meanwhile, deputy chief and spokesman for Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council Chiu Chui-cheng (???) said Saturday that it will work with the SEF to assist with Chen's visit.
The MAC respects the wishes of Chiang's family and is ready to offer any necessary assistance, Chiu added.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channels