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Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Committee meeting slated for August

Taipei, July 28 (CNA) A negotiation platform established under the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) between Taiwan and China will hold its sixth biannual meeting in Beijing Aug. 5 on the proceedings of the pact's implementation. The Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Committee was set up in January 2011 in accordance with the ECFA, which took effect on Sept. 12, 2010, to handle follow-up negotiations. Under the agreement, the committee will hold a meeting every half year, with the two sides taking turns to host it. The first committee meeting was held in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan, in February 2011. Taiwan's intermediary Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and its Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, each released a statement Monday to announce the schedule for the sixth meeting of the cross-strait committee. The SEF said its Vice Chairman Chang Hsien-yao, a deputy minister of the Mainland Affairs Council, and Vice Economics Minister Cho Shih-chao, who serves as Taiwan's chief representative of the cross-strait committee, will conduct discussions with China's chief representative of the committee, Gao Yan, at the Beijing meeting. Gao is China's vice minister of commerce. During the meeting, the two sides will review the current proceedings of the ECFA and matters relating to the promotion of relevant issues, which will cover the pact's "early harvest" program, as well as matters relevant to merchandise and services trade, dispute settlement, industrial cooperation and customs cooperation. They will also discuss the establishment of reciprocal representative offices of economic and trade organizations from Taiwan and China, the SEF said. After the Taipei-based Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association opened a representative office in Suzhou, in China's Jiangsu Province July 5, a proposal by the Beijing-based Association of Economics and Trade Across the Taiwan Straits (AETATS) to set up a liaison office in Taiwan is expected to be discussed at the Beijing meeting. Emile Chang, executive secretary of the Investment Commission under Taiwan's Economics Ministry, revealed that the AETATS will formally inaugurate the planned office before the Beijing meeting. (By Scarlett Chai and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-05-10 16:11 GMT+08:00