TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Members of Taiwan's largest opposition party, which last year called for a plebiscite on the nation's 43-year separation from Beijing, is planning a fact-finding mission to China, the China Times reported Friday.
Tsai Jen-chien, chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party's National Assembly caucus, said preparations for the trip had already begun, but that there are no plans to discussthe Taiwan independence issue, the report said.
Last year, the DPP National Assembly campaigned for a Republic of Taiwan prior to December elections in which the opposition won 23 percent of the vote.
Driven from the Chinese mainland by communist armies, China's Nationalist government fled to Taiwan in 1949 and has ruled the island ever since.
Both Beijing and Taipei claim sovereignty over all of China, and oppose Taiwan's independence.
China's anti-separatist stance may prove a stumbling block to the DPP's planned visit. Beijing has recently denied requests for travel permits to several DPP leaders, including Chang Chun-hung, the party's former secretary general, according to the Times report.
Despite Taipei's ban on official contact with Beijing, dozens of ruling party legislators and national assembly delegates are also considering summer missions to China, media reports said.