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KMT Honorary Chairman Lien Chan sweeps tombs of maternal ancestors

  SHENYANG, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Lien Chan, honorary chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) Party, on Wednesday morning swept the tombs of his mother Zhao Lankun's ancestors in Shenyang, an industrial city in northeast China.

  Zhao, who is 100 years old and lives with Lien in Taiwan, is a native of Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province. She has not seen her hometown since the September 18 Incident in 1931.

  Lien's wife, Lien Fangyu, and their children took part in the tomb-sweeping ceremony in a park in the suburbs of Shenyang.

  Lien Chan arrived in the northeastern city on Tuesday afternoon with a 27-member delegation from Taiwan. After visiting Tianjin, he and his entourage will go on to Beijing to attend the third cross-Straits economic, trade and cultural forum scheduled for April 28-29.

  This is the fourth visit Lien Chen has made to the mainland since April 2005.