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Taiwan screens latest accords with China to ensure security: official
Central News Agency
2014-02-26 09:33 PM
Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) The two agreements Taiwan will sign with China this week were reviewed by Taiwan's national security agencies and found to be free of risks to the island country's security, an official said Wednesday. The agreements on meteorological cooperation and earthquake monitoring are the first accords with China to have gone through the two-stage national security review mechanism, said Chang Hsien-yao, vice chairman of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF). Officials of the Executive Yuan and the National Security Council held two meetings to examine the possibility of loss of sensitive technology or negative effects on Taiwan's national security, defense and social welfare, said Chang, who is also deputy chief of the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC). The cooperation and exchange of information under the two agreements do not involve Taiwan's national defense or its military, he said, adding that Taiwan will monitor the implementation of the agreements once they come into effect. The cooperation does not involve allowing Chinese personnel to operate in waters in or around Taiwan, he told reporters as officials from the two sides completed their preparations for formal talks in Taipei Thursday between SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane and his Chinese counterpart Chen Deming, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS). The agreements will allow the two sides to better protect lives and property by sharing real-time information and issuing better advance warnings, Chang said. (By Chou Yi-ling and Jay Chen)
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