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2 more pacts expected at this month's 10th cross-strait talks
Central News Agency
2014-02-13 10:19 PM
Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) Taiwan and China are expected to sign two more agreements at a 10th high-level meeting scheduled to be held late this month in Taipei, a source with the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), said Thursday. Lin Join-sane, chairman of the semi-official SEF, and his Chinese counterpart Chen Deming, president of the Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, are expected to ink pacts on meteorological cooperation and earthquake monitoring during the Feb. 26-28 meeting, the source said. The two new accords would bring the total cross-strait agreements signed to 21, highlighting the dramatic improvement in relations between the two previous rivals since Ma Ying-jeou was elected to the presidency in 2008. Meanwhile, a second meeting reviewing the implementation and effects of signed pacts is expected for Feb. 20-21 in Changsha in China's Hunan Province, the source said. The two meetings will be the first between Taiwan's and China's top negotiators after the milestone visit to China made by Taiwan's mainland affairs minister Wang Yu-chi, who is set to return to Taiwan Friday. Wang became the highest-ranking Taiwan official to visit China in an official capacity since the Republic of China government moved to Taiwan in 1949. He has met with his counterpart, Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun, twice during his visit to Nanjing and Shanghai. In their groundbreaking Feb. 11 meeting in Nanjing, Wang and Zhang addressed each other by their official titles of "minister," a move applauded by many, including Su Tseng-chang, chairman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, known for being wary of ties with Beijing. The two ministers met again in a Shanghai hotel Thursday. Details of their conversation at the closed-door "tea gathering" have yet not been made public. (By Cheng Chung-sheng & Bear Lee)
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