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High-ranking officials to participate in cross-strait talks

High-ranking officials to participate in cross-strait talks

High-ranking officials including Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Chairman Fu Tung-cheng and Vice Minister of Transportation and Communications Oliver Yu (游芳來) will participate in the upcoming negotiation between Straits Exchange Foundation and its Chinese counterpart Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait held in Beijing, the foundation announced yesterday.
Fu and Yu's participation in the negotiation will mark the first in which such high level officials are involved in the negotiation history between China and Taiwan.
The SEF Vice Secretary-General Kao Koong-lian yesterday held a press conference and made public the list of Taiwan's negotiators who will partake in the SEF-ARATS meeting that is expected to take place between June 11 and 14 in Beijing, adding that the negotiation team, with SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung (江丙坤) included, is comprised of 19 people.
According to Central News Agency, the negotiation meeting between Chiang and ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin will not produce any joint statement, and each side will release news statements separately, and include the agreed-upon issues in the statements.
As for whether Chiang would meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) at the Beijing meeting, the foundation said it was still arranging for related matters. According to the foundation, a banquet will be held on June 11 to welcome Taiwan's negotiation delegation. Chiang and Chen will hold a talk before the two sides officially launch the negotiation June 12. It is expected that agreements will be made June 12, and that the two sides will sign documents on June 13.
The foundation official said the two council officials leaves Taiwan for Beijing this morning and will be engaged in preparation work.
He added that he looks forward to the SEF-ARATS meeting as it will be a good opportunity for both sides to show their good intentions, and furthermore, for the two sides to pursue peaceful and stable development.
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is scheduled to meet with Taiwan's negotiation delegation today.


Updated : 2021-06-21 09:36 GMT+08:00