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Bon voyage: Lien leaves Taiwan for mainland
Updated: 2005-04-26 11:55

The Kuomintang (KMT) Party of China Chairman Lien Chan left Taipei at about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday morning to embark on a historic week-long visit to the mainland, according to sources in Taipei.

The KMT delegation will firs t arrive at Nanjing in east China'sJiangsu Province, once capital of the KMT-ruled Chinese governmentbefore 1949, via Hong Kong.

Before leaving, Lien Chan made a brief speech at the airport, saying he wishes to increase understanding about the mainland and exchange views with mainland leaders on common concerns of both sides across the Taiwan Straits in this trip.

"Friends on both sides of the Straits should grasp this opportunity to seek mutual benefits and mutual assistance," said Lien.

Thousands of people gathered at Taipei's Taoyuan airport Tuesday morning to see the delegation off holding banners like "Bon Voyage, the Journey of Peace.

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