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Taiwanese media delegation leaves for China

Taiwanese media delegation leaves for China

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) A media delegation led by Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung departed Wednesday for China for a five-day visit.
The group is comprised of executives from 15 Taiwanese news media outlets and has a total of 25 members, including officials of the SEF and Mainland Affairs Council.
In Beijing, the group is expected to visit the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and the General Administration of Press and Publication and also call on major state media, including China Daily, Xinhua news agency and China Central Television.
The delegates will head to Shanxi Friday before returning to Taiwan Sunday.
Chiang said that during the visit, he will also meet with Wang Yi, director of the Taiwan Affairs Office, and Chen Yunlin, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS).
The SEF and ARATS are semi-official intermediary bodies set up respectively by Taiwan and China to deal with cross-Taiwan Strait affairs in the absence of official ties.
The fourth round of talks between Chiang and Chen will take place in December in Taichung, when they are expected to sign four agreements regarding fishing crew cooperation, agricultural quarantine inspection, industrial product standards, inspection and certification, and the avoidance of double taxation.
According to Chiang, officials of SEF and ARATS will step up their preparatory work in the remaining time to hammer out the texts of the agreements to facilitate their signing.
(By Pien Chin-feng and Y.F. Low)