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China's top negotiator set to visit Taiwan Nov. 3

China's top negotiator set to visit Taiwan Nov. 3

China's top negotiator with Taiwan will arrive in Taiwan Nov. 3 for a five-day visit, reports from Shenzhen, China said Monday.
Kao Koong-lian, the foundation's vice chairman and secretary-general, said in Shenzhen that Chen Yunlin, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), will head a delegation of around 60 people for his historic visit to Taiwan.
During his stay in Taiwan, Chen will meet with his negotiating counterpart, SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung, and sign four agreements, including a "Cross-Taiwan Strait Air Links Agreement" and other deals on direct shipping and postal links and food safety.
It was not immediately clear if the air links agreement will cover both an expansion of direct passenger charter flights and the establishment of air cargo charter services.
There will also be two seminars held that address the global financial crisis, Kao said after holding preparatory talks with ARATS officials on the second round of Chiang-Chen talks.
The two first met in June in Beijing, where they sealed agreements on nonstop passenger charter flights between Taiwan and China between Fridays and Mondays and on expanding opportunities for Chinese tourists to visit Taiwan.
SEF officials traveling with Kao to finalize Chen's itinerary and agenda in Taiwan said it was not yet certain that Chen would meet with President Ma Ying-jeou.
Chen will stay mainly in Taipei City and surrounding areas. An original plan to visit southern Taiwan has been scrapped, the officials said.