China en­voy calls for more co­op­er­a­tion with Tai­wan

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TAIPEI: China's top negotiator for Tai­wan Chen Yun­lin on Mon­day called for fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion with the is­land on top of the agree­ments the two sides have forged over the past two years.

Chen, the head of Bei­jing's quasi-of­fi­cial As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­la­tions Across the Tai­wan Strait, flew to the is­land's cap­i­tal city for the sixth round of talks since 2008.

Dur­ing a brief wel­com­ing cer­e­mony for him at a ho­tel in Taipei, Chen hailed the achieve­ments the two for­mer crossstrait ri­vals had made dur­ing pre­vi­ous rounds of ne­go­ti­a­tions.

"The Tai­wan Strait used to have high waves, but now it has emerged as a ma­jor chan­nel be­tween peo­ple on the two sides," said Chen. The first day was marked spo­radic demon­stra­tions or­gan­ised by rad­i­cal groups who ad­vo­cate the is­land's in­de­pen­dence from the main­land and have vowed to fol­low Chen "ev­ery step of the way" dur­ing his stay.

TV footage showed that a small group of in­de­pen­dence sup­port­ers waited for him in the ter­mi­nal build­ing, as his plane touched down at Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port out­side Taipei.

The moment he stepped out of his li­mou­sine, a young proin­de­pen­dence ac­tivist abruptly shouted at him, say­ing "Tai­wan, China, each is an in­de­pen­dent coun­try!" The man was im­me­di­ately taken away by po­lice.

Near Chen's ho­tel dozens of in­de­pen­dence sym­pa­this­ers chanted slo­gans against talks be­tween Bei­jing and Taipei led by Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou of the China-friendly Kuom­intang party. "All Ma wants to do is to sell out Tai­wan's in­ter­est. There­fore any agree­ments he forges with China will by no means be en­dorsed by us," said Tsai Ting-kui, the leader of the crowd.

Chen is sched­uled to meet his Tai­wanese coun­ter­part for talks on Tues­day. Each rep­re­sents an or­gan­i­sa­tion in charge of ex­changes be­tween Bei­jing and Taipei in the ab­sence of of­fi­cial con­tact.

"The mas­sive ex­changes of vis­its by the peo­ple from the two sides have high­lighted the ne­ces­sity of sign­ing such an agree­ment," Chen said.

The talks will fo­cus on epi­demic-con­trol mea­sures and joint re­search and devel­op­ment of medicines, herbal medicines and emer­gency treat­ment, with Chen ex­pected to re­turn to the main­land on Wed­nes­day. -Afp

TEHRAN: In this photo re­leased by Ira­nian supreme leader's of­fice, Ira­nian leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei, right, talks with Qatari Emir Sheik Ha­mad Bin Khal­ifa Al Thani, cen­ter, as Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ah­madine­jad lis­tens. -Ap

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