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Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa (董建華) has been staying in Taiwan as an ordinary traveller since March 27, and is scheduled to leave on April 1. CNA quotes him as saying that he will see relatives and friends – former vice president Lien Chan (連戰) being one of the latter category. Tung stepped down in 2005 as Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, but remains active as vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (台湾陆委会) also emphasizes that Tung’s visit is no official call, but Chen Yi-hsin (陳一新), member of the Friends of Hong Kong and Macau Association in Taiwan‘s (中华港澳之友协会顾问委员会) advisory board and Tamkang University’s (淡江大学) professor at the Institute of American Studies, believes that given Tung’s function as a vice chairman of the Political Consultative Conference, political implications (政治意涵) are inextricable (摆脱不了). But Chen also points out that Tung’s task in Taiwan still didn’t need to amount to a political one, because the main aspects of development between Hong Kong and Taiwan were about trade and tourism.
Tung’s younger sister Tung Xiaoping (董小萍) is married with a Taiwanese, Peng Yin Gang (彭荫刚), who took charge of running the Tung family’s Orient Overseas Shipping Line (OOCL, 东方海外航运公司) after Tung had become Hong Kong’s Chief Executive.
Update: most info based on this story »