Newspaper article China Post

XI Probed ROC Info from Experts: Report

Newspaper article China Post

XI Probed ROC Info from Experts: Report

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Xi Jinping, mainland China's vice president who is widely expected to be named the nation's next leader this month, solicited information from Taiwanese scholars at a symposium in China in 1988, a Japanese newspaper recently reported.

According to the Asahi Shimbun, Taiwanese political expert and Chinese Culture University Professor Yao Li-ming ([...]) recalled exchanging business cards with a self-proclaimed entrepreneur named "Bai Yu" ([...]) at the seminar hosted by Xiamen University's Taiwan Research Institute. Yao only suspected later that the entrepreneur who consulted him on Taiwanese politics at the event was actually Xi under a pseudonym, the newspaper reported.

In an interview with the Central News Agency (CNA) yesterday, "Bai" made an impression on him that day "because this person was apparently not a businessman, his entourage also did not look like businesspeople. He seemed to be well-versed on Taiwanese issues."

Yao remembered Xi, who served the deputy mayor of Xiamen at the time that the seminar in concern took place, to be polite, composed and orderly. The Taiwanese scholar was also surprised by his inquirer's interest in the Democratic Progressive Party. "He asked a lot of questions about the DPP," Yao was quoted by the CNA as saying. Looking back from now, it showed Xi to be visionary for inquiring on the DPP long before it first came to power, Yao said. The DPP was founded only two years before the seminar.

Chen Kongli ([...]), head of the Xiamen University Taiwan Research Institute in 1988, refuted Yao's statement in a telephone interview with the CNA yesterday. …

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