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Top negotiators to meet in Shanghai on Sept. 16: source

Top negotiators to meet in Shanghai on Sept. 16: source

Shanghai, Sept. 11 (CNA) With a landmark trade pact expected to take effect Sunday, Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung is scheduled to meet his Chinese counterpart in Shanghai on Sept. 16, a source in China said on Saturday.
Chiang is scheduled to meet Chen Yunlin, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), immediately after arriving for a group meeting between the SEF and the ARATS, the source said.
The most important issue on the agenda for the meeting will be setting up a Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee based on the economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) that was signed on June 29, according to the source.
SEF Deputy Secretary-General Ma Shao-chang, however, told the Central News Agency on Saturday that no date had been set for the meeting and that Chiang and Chen would not talk about ECFA-related issues.
The source in China said the two sides will also discuss an investment protection agreement that is expected to be on the agenda of the next official Chiang-Chen meeting at the year-end, as well as agreements on commodity trade, service trade and a dispute-resolving mechanism.
During the four-day trip, Chiang is expected to visit the Shanghai Expo on Sept. 17 and visit Taiwanese businesses operating in China -- including the Singapore-listed Huan Hsin Electronics Co. and Taiwan's popular 85 Degrees Coffee -- on Sept. 18, the source said.
Chiang will also visit Kunshan in Jiangsu Province to host an opening ceremony of a Taiwanese-funded Matsu Temple on Sept. 19, according to the source.
(By Charles Kang and Fanny Liu)




Updated : 2021-01-22 03:02 GMT+08:00