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Chief cross-strait negotiators begin talks

Fuzhou, China, Aug. 25 (CNA) The chief cross-Taiwan Strait negotiators of Taiwan and China held formal talks in the southeastern Chinese city of Fuzhou on Tuesday.
It was the 11th round of formal talks held since 2008 by the two intermediary bodies -- Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) -- authorized by Taiwan and China to handle cross-strait affairs in the absence of formal ties.
The main items on the agenda of this latest round of talks are planned agreements on double taxation avoidance and aviation safety, which are expected to be signed on Tuesday afternoon.
In his opening remarks, ARATS President Chen Deming reiterated that the "1992 consensus" is the foundation of cross-strait negotiations.
Without the "1992 consensus," there would not have been a historic meeting in Singapore in 1993 between Taiwan's Koo Chen-fu and China's Wang Daohan, the top negotiators representing the two sides, Chen said.
Exchanges have improved in many areas since the two sides of the strait resumed institutionalized negotiations in June 2008, he said.
The cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement signed in June 2010 has mostly benefited Taiwan's small and medium-sized businesses, Chen said, and he pledged that the mainland will work to expand the benefits of the agreement.
SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane said the SEF will promote cross-strait negotiations in a more careful manner to increase people's confidence and will continue to promote a mutually beneficial relationship with Beijing.
Agreeing with Chen, Lin said the two sides should continue to promote negotiations on the basis of the "1992 consensus," with the goal of pursuing sustainability, stability and development in cross-strait ties.
Lin also used the opportunity to express his concern over the recent explosions in Tianjin and his appreciation to ARATS for its assistance given in the wake of the color powder explosions at Formosa Fun Coast water park in Taipei in June. (By Zep Hu and Y.F. Low)

Updated : 2021-09-25 11:00 GMT+08:00