Taiwan, China to sign 2 more pacts at Taipei meeting
Central News Agency
2014-02-25 09:51 PM
Taipei, Feb. 25 (CNA) The 10th round of talks since 2008 between intermediaries from Taiwan and China is set to be held Thursday in Taipei, a source from Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) said Tuesday. The two sides are expected to sign two agreements on meteorological exchanges and earthquake monitoring, bringing the number pacts signed between the two sides to 21. A delegation led by Chen Deming, president of China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan a day prior to the meeting with its SEF counterpart. A preparatory meeting, to be co-chaired by SEF Deputy Chairman Chang Hsien-yao and ARATS Deputy President Zheng Lizhong, will be held Wednesday afternoon. Taiwan and China are expected to sign the two agreements during the talks the following day. Due to national security concerns, the delegations will only discuss issues related to exchanges of public and real-time information, according to the source. While meteorological and earthquake-related issues are generally less sensitive, there are still various aspects related to exchanges of important meteorological and geological information, such as military institutions, airports and technology facilities, that constitute national security concerns. Therefore, the agreements will be limited to exchanges of public information such as online data. After the meeting, the SEF and ARATS will each hold a press conference to brief reporters on the talks and the signing of the agreements. According to past practice, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi will meet the ARATS delegation, which will be the first meeting between Wang and Chen. After the pacts are signed, Taiwan will be able to get data through an information exchange mechanism, which will improve the stability of its forecast models and provide more accurate interpretation of meteorological and seismic figures. Prior to its departure on Feb. 28, the ARATS delegation will visit the Taipei Zoo to see the pair of pandas given to Taiwan by China in 2008, according to the source. The Taiwanese authorities plan to deploy 700 police officers to maintain order during the three-day visit, the National Police Agency said Tuesday. (By Scarlett Chai, Liu Jian-bang and Evelyn Kao)
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