China's top cross-strait negotiator to visit Taiwan Nov. 30

Taipei, Nov. 12 (CNA) Chen Deming (???), president of China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan Nov. 30 for a 7-day visit, an official from Taiwan's counterpart organization said Thursday. Chen was originally scheduled to visit Taiwan in early November. However, China reportedly wants Chen to pay the visit when a meeting is held by ARATS and Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) to review results of the implementation of agreements signed by the two sides of the Taiwan Strait at the end of November as scheduled. Therefore, Chen's visit to Taiwan has been postponed to Nov. 30, according to a SEF official. The third review meeting was scheduled to be held Nov. 30 in Taipei, with SEF Vice Chairperson Shih Hui-fen (???) to lead Taiwan's negotiation team and Zheng Lizhong (???), vice president of ARATS to lead their negotiation team in the discussions. Though Chen is set to arrive in Taiwan that same day, he will not attend the review meeting. While in Taiwan, Chen will visit Keelung, Yilan, Miaoli and Nantou and pass through New Taipei but his itinerary has not been finalized, according to the official. It was reported that while Chen's planned trip to the outlying island of Kinmen has been canceled, Taichung may be added to his itinerary. SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane (???) said Oct. 28 that Chen might go to cities and counties he has not visited in the past and might visit the Gold Museum and Tamsui's Fort San Domingo in New Taipei, the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology in Keelung, and the 921 Earthquake Museum in Nantou. If Chen travels to Yilan, he will tour Su'ao Port in the south of the county, according to Lin. Lin stressed that Chen, China's chief negotiator with Taiwan, will not meet with any politicians during his visit and his upcoming trip has nothing to do with January's presidential and legislative elections. The main purpose of Chen's trip is to gain a better understanding of Taiwan's grassroots soft power by interacting with Taiwanese society and learning Taiwan's experience with organizing farmers' and fishermen's associations for China's ongoing agricultural modernization, according to Lin, adding that the full itinerary of Chen's visit will be released next week. Chen has made two previous visits to Taiwan, in November 2013 and December 2014, respectively. The SEF and ARATS are semi-official organizations set up by Taiwan and China, respectively, to handle technical and business exchanges between the two sides. (By C.C. Yin and Evelyn Kao)

Updated : 2020-12-04 06:36 GMT+08:00