Taiwan opposition leader to meet S'pore PM

TAIPEI - Taiwan's opposition leader Su Tseng-chang is visiting Singapore and is expected to meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a trip kept low-profile because of likely objections from China, reports said Tuesday.

Su, from the China-sceptic Democratic Progressive Party, will also visit the city-state's founding father Lee Kwan Yew, the United Evening News said.

Party spokesman Lin Chun-hsien declined to comment to AFP on the report.

The News said that despite his political affiliations, Su has maintained a cordial friendship with the Lees and has met Lee Kuan Yew four times in the last 10 years.

Taiwan's close ties with Singapore stretch back to the 1960s when it sent air force and naval officers to the city-state.

But Singapore, which recognises China rather than Taiwan, has been extremely cautious in the handling of any meetings between government officials and politicians from the two sides for fear of irking Beijing.

In the past, visits by top Singaporean officials to Taiwan triggered strong protests from China.

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