Taipei, Feb. 25 (CNA) An advance team from China
arrived in Taiwan Tuesday to prepare for the 10th round of talks since 2008 between intermediaries from the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to be held Feb. 27 in Taipei, Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), said that day in a press release. The advance team led by Zheng Lizhong, deputy president of the Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), was received by SEF Deputy Secretary-General Shih Hui-fen upon arrival at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, according to the press release. Some 400 reporters from home and abroad have applied to cover the talks. A delegation of 42 ARATS representatives led by ARATS President Chen Deming is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan Wednesday, a day prior to the meeting with its SEF counterpart. SEF Deputy Chairman Chang Hsien-yao will greet them at the airport, the press release said. Chang and ARATS Deputy President Zheng Lizhong held a working meeting Tuesday to make final confirmation of the schedule for the 10th round of talks. Chang subsequently hosted a dinner party for the advance group. A preparatory meeting, to be co-chaired by Chang and Zheng, was scheduled to be held the following day at a Taipei hotel. SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane will accompany his Chinese counterpart ARATS President Chen Deming on a visit to the National Palace Museum in Taipei Wednesday. The two sides are expected to sign two agreements on meteorological exchanges and earthquake monitoring during the talks, bringing the number of pacts signed between the two sides to 21, according to the SEF.
(By Chou Yi-ling and Evelyn Kao)