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Cross-strait talks on trade in goods pact opens in Taipei

Taipei, Nov. 21 (CNA) The 12th round of negotiations on an agreement on trade in goods between Taiwan and China opened Saturday in Taipei, with working-level officials from the two sides of the Taiwan Strait focusing their discussions on tariffs, market liberalization issues and the language of the future accord.

Taiwan's negotiating team was led by Foreign Trade Bureau Director-General Yang Jen-ni and Industrial Development Bureau Director-General Wu Ming-ji, and on the Chinese side, Sun Ton, head of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce's Department of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau Affairs, led a 27-member delegation at the talks.

During the talks, Taiwanese negotiators are seeking to see tariffs reduced on their country's products shipped to China, including display panels, machine tools, automobiles and petrochemical products. The talks, held at the Grand Hotel in Taipei, are scheduled to run through Nov. 23.

The trade in goods agreement is a follow-up to the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) that Taiwan and China signed on June 30, 2010 to boost bilateral trade. Taiwan expects the negotiations will be completed by the end of this year. (By Huang Chiao-wen and Romulo Huang)

Updated : 2021-09-27 14:25 GMT+08:00