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Liu urges caution in regards to Wen visit

TAIPEI, Taiwan, March 13 (UPI) -- Taiwanese Premier Liu Chao-shiuan said Friday his country should be cautious in regards to a possible visit from Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

Appearing at a Legislative Yuan plenary session, Liu said Taiwan is open to a visit by Wen, but added any such visit should be met with careful planning, The China Post said.

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Wen said Friday in Beijing he would enjoy visiting Alishan and Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan during his lifetime.

"Although I am 67 years old, I would like to (visit Taiwan) if possible. I would like to go even if I can't walk and I have to crawl," the Chinese official said at a news conference.

Meanwhile, Liu said if the needs of Taiwan required he visit the Chinese mainland, he would be open to such travels. But the Taiwanese official quickly pointed out any mainland visit would only take place under the right circumstances.

"Currently, there is no such a plan, neither is it the right environment for that," Liu said.

The Post said Taiwanese law bars any high-ranking official, public servant or police officer who can access data on national security from visiting China.

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