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Chinese official to avoid visiting Taiwan close to election day

Taipei, July 8 (CNA) Chen Deming, president of China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), may visit Taiwan in the second half of this year but the date will not be too close to Taiwan's presidential election on Jan. 16, 2016, a Straits Exchange (SEF) official said Wednesday.
SEF Vice Chairman Chou Jih-shine could not offer a specific timetable for the visit, but he said Wednesday that preparations for the 11th cross-strait summit to be held by the two bodies, including the drafting of a tax agreement, are almost complete.
Chen Deming revealed a few days ago that the ARATS and SEF will probably meet in August, but Chou would not confirm the possibility of holding the meeting next month, saying only that the SEF would seek to hold the meeting as soon as possible.
Chou said the two parties are still working on drafts of a tax agreement, another agreement that would allow mainland travelers to use Taiwan as a transit stop and a cross-strait aviation safety agreement. (By Y.L Chou and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-27 18:33 GMT+08:00