The highest-ranking Chinese official to visit Taiwan since the two sides split in 1949 is calling for dialogue with the island to help enhance peace.
Chen Yunlin arrived on Monday in Taipei on an Air China chartered plane, with a large delegation of businesspeople.
He urges both sides to treasure their recent warming of ties.
“Only through talks can we build trust and only through cooperation can we create a win-win economic situation,” he says.
Chen, who heads China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, is to hold talks with his Taiwanese counterpart Chiang Pin-kung.
Taiwan’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party plans protests during Chen’s five-day visit, accusing China of using business deals to buy support for political unification of the two sides.