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Taiwan looks to further cross-strait economic cooperation
Central News Agency
2014-02-26 04:21 PM
Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) Taiwan's top negotiator with China told his Chinese counterpart Wednesday during a meeting in Taipei that he hopes the two intermediary bodies that handle cross-Taiwan Strait negotiations will focus more on economic cooperation and promote the two sides' integration into regional economic systems. Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Lin Join-sane made the remarks while welcoming Chen Deming, president of China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), at a Taipei hotel. Chen for his part said that a meeting held earlier this month between Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi and Zhang Zhijun, head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, the top officials in charge of cross-strait policy making, helped boost the confidence of the SEF and ARATS in engaging in discussions in the 10th round of SEF-ARATS talks -- scheduled for Thursday -- since 2008. Two agreements on meteorological cooperation and earthquake monitoring are expected to be signed during the talks. Chen said that despite the tight schedule for completing the mission, the two intermediary bodies will do their utmost to accomplish it. An ARATS delegation led by Chen arrived in Taipei earlier in the day for his first talks with Lin in Taiwan. Lin said that the two pacts scheduled to be inked during the talks are for the protection of people's lives and property. Chen said he has been thinking about how to promote further cooperation between the two sides since he last visited Taiwan three months ago. That visit was to promote trade and economic exchanges. In addition to inking the two pacts, negotiators from the two semi-official organizations will discuss what topics will be put on the agenda of the 11th round of cross-strait talks, Chen added. (By Scarlett Chai and Evelyn Kao)
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