Tai­wan to give brief­ing on planned cross-strait sum­mit

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The top ne­go­tia­tors of Tai­wan and China will lead their re­spec­tive del­e­ga­tions to a meet­ing in Fuzhou in south­ern China on Aug. 24 to 26 to sign agree­ments on tax co­op­er­a­tion and avi­a­tion safety.

Lin Join-sane ( ), chair­man of Tai­wan’s Straits Ex­change Foun­da­tion (SEF), will de­part for Fuzhou on Aug. 24 and meet with his Chi­nese coun­ter­part, Chen Dem­ing (

), pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­la­tions Across the Tai­wan Straits (ARATS) the next day, SEF of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

It will be the 11th such meet­ing since the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou in May 2008 be­tween the top lead­ers of the two bod­ies, which were set up by Taipei and Bei­jing to dis­cuss key is­sues and ne­go­ti­ate agree­ments in the ab­sence of of­fi­cial ties.

One of the agree­ments Lin and Chen are ex­pected to sign on Aug. 25 con­cerns dou­ble tax­a­tion and other tax co­op­er­a­tion is­sues, and the other will deal with avi­a­tion safety is­sues, in­clud­ing “fit-for­flight” stan­dards, ac­cord­ing to an SEF press re­lease. Lin is also sched­uled to meet Zhang Zhi­jun ( ), head of the Chi­nese State Coun­cil’s Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice on Aug. 25 be­fore head­ing back to Tai­wan the next day.

The Main­land Af­fairs Coun­cil (MAC), Tai­wan’s main agency re­spon­si­ble for China pol­icy, will hold a brief­ing on the up­com­ing SEFARATS meet­ing on Tues­day.

Brief­ing Meet­ing To­day: MAC

The MAC said it will hold a brief­ing Tues­day on a planned meet­ing of the heads of Tai­wan’s SEF and China’s ARATS, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil.

The brief­ing will be led by MAC deputy chief Lin Chu-chia ( ), Deputy Fi­nance Min­is­ter Chang Fan ( ) and Deputy Trans­porta­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Wu Meng-fen ( ), the MAC said in a state­ment Mon­day.

The SEF and ARATS are two in­ter­me­di­ary or­ga­ni­za­tions es­tab­lished to han­dle cross-strait ex­changes in the ab­sence of for­mal ties.

Tues­day’s brief­ing may also pro­vide an up­date on the sta­tus of agree­ments that at one point were ex­pected to be signed at the planned cross-strait meet­ing, in­clud­ing a tax agree­ment and an avi­a­tion safety co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment.

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