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Top cross-strait negotiators to meet in China

Taipei, April 1 (CNA) The heads of the two main negotiating bodies of the Chinese mainland and Taiwan are scheduled to sit down together in Xi'an City later this month to talk about issues of great concern to Taiwanese businesses, a spokesman for Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) said Wednesday. On top of the agenda will be a new Chinese tax law that has cancelled the state's preferential taxation for foreign enterprises, SEF Vice Chairman Chou Jih-shine (???) said. He said Lin Join-sane (???), chairman of SEF, and Chen Deming (???), president of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), will meet on April 10 on issues including China's recently issued Notice No. 62, requiring all local governments to "clean up" their investment tax incentives in order for the central government to set up a united investment administration system. Although the preferential tax polices are offered to businesses owned or controlled by foreign investors, Taiwanese-invested firms reportedly will bear the brunt of the impact from the new requirements as they have long enjoyed more incentives than other foreign companies offered by local governments in China, Chou said. Lin and Chen are also likely to touch on China's "on belt, one road" initiative, a development strategy launched by the Chinese government in 2013. The belt and road refers to the New Silk Road Economic Belt, which will link China with Europe through Central and Western Asia, and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which will connect China with Southeast Asian countries, Africa and Europe, accoring to Chou. Asked about whether the two will discuss the "name and title" issue regarding Taiwan's application to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the amount of capital Taiwan will invest in it, Chou said they may talk about these issues but no arrangements have yet been made to put them on the agenda. The SEF and ARATS are preparing for the 11th round cross-strait talks by the two semi-official negotiating bodies and expect the talks to be held before the end of April, though Lin and Chen may not determine the exact time during the upcoming meeting, Chou added. Lin will lead a 20-member delegation composed of officials from various government agencies to visit China. They are scheduled to visit Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan province on April 7 before heading to Luoyang in the province and Xi'an, the capital city of Shaanxi province, April 9-10. Most members of the delegation will return home after their trip to Xi'an but Lin will then travel to Fujian province to attend a cross-strait economic and trade forum there before returning Taiwan on April 12 , according to Chou. (Yin Chun-chieh and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-26 11:38 GMT+08:00