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In pictures: Lien Chan's landmark trip
Nationalist Party Chairman Lien Chan, left, poses for pictures with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing, April 29, 2005.
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Taiwan's opposition leader Lien Chan has held historic talks in Beijing with the Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Taiwanese delegation headed by opposition leader Lien Chan (5th L) talks with Chinese counterpart headed by China's President Hu Jintao (4th R) in Beijing, 29 April 2005.
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It is the first meeting between the two sides since Mr Lien's Nationalist Party fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing the civil war to the Communists.
A giant screen outside a Beijing metro station shows Lien Chan speaking to an audience of students, April 29, 2005.
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The meeting was watched closely in both China and Taiwan.
Taiwan opposition leader Lien Chan presents a floral wreath to a statue of Sun Yat-sen, 27 April 2005
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Mr Lien began his controversial eight-day tour in Nanjing, where he paid homage at the mausoleum to Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Nationalist Party.
Taiwan opposition leader Lien Chan waves to cheering crowds outside the mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen, 27 April 2005
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Hundreds of well-wishers jostled to try and get a better view of Mr Lien as he passed by, reflecting the intense interest Chinese people have in his visit.
Taiwan's Nationalist Party Chairman Lien Chan waves as he arrives at an auditorium to deliver a speech at Peking University in Beijing Friday, April 29, 2005.
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When he arrived in Beijing on Thursday, Mr Lien was given a similarly warm welcome.
Taiwan's main opposition party leader Lien Chan is given a bouquet of flowers as he boards a flight to mainland China, April 26, 2005
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But back home in Taiwan, opinions are divided over Mr Lien's visit. Some praise his efforts at improving cross-straits relations...
Anti-Lien protesters scuffle with police in the departure lounge at the Chiang Kai-shek Airport, April 26, 2005
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... but others say his trip is divisive, and are angry that his pro-Beijing stance.
Lien Chan toasts Chinese officials in Beijing, 28 April
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While Mr Lien has been lauded in China, President Chen Shui-bian remains persona non grata on the mainland, due to his party's past advocacy of formal independence for Taiwan.



SEE ALSO:
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