Tai­wan’s top cross-strait ne­go­tia­tor in Fuzhou

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Lin Join-sane ( ), chair­man of Tai­wan’s semi- of­fi­cial Straits Ex­change Foun­da­tion ( SEF, ), ar­rived in the south­east­ern Chi­nese city of Fuzhou on Mon­day in prepa­ra­tion for the next round of high-level meet­ings with his main­land Chi­nese coun­ter­part.

Lin and the SEF del­e­ga­tion were greeted by Chen Dem­ing (

), pres­i­dent of China’s As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­la­tions Across the Tai­wan Straits (ARATS, ), at the ho­tel at which they will stay dur­ing the meet­ings.

The for­mal talks, be­ing held by the two in­ter­me­di­ary bod­ies au­tho­rized to han­dle cross-strait af­fairs in the ab­sence of for­mal ties for the 11th time since 2008, were to be­gin later Mon­day.

The main items on the agenda of this latest round of talks are planned agree­ments on dou­ble tax­a­tion avoid­ance and avi­a­tion safety, which are ex­pected to be signed on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

When greet­ing Lin, Chen said the two sides will also ex­change opin­ions on the is­sues of al­low­ing Chi­nese na­tion­als to transit through Tai­wan and in­creas­ing trans­porta­tion con­ve­nience.

Lin said trade and eco­nomic in­ter­ac­tions have grown more in­tense as the num­ber of crossstrait flights have in­creased, mak­ing the agree­ments to be signed par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant to peo­ple’s lives on the two sides.

Be­fore leav­ing Tai­wan ear­lier Mon­day, Lin said the deal on dou­ble tax­a­tion avoid­ance will help re­lieve Tai­wanese busi­nesses and cit­i­zens op­er­at­ing in China from hav­ing the same in­come taxed twice and also en­cour­age main­land Chi­nese in­vest­ment in Tai­wan.

The avi­a­tion safety agree­ment is ex­pected to help im­prove flight safety and the punc­tu­al­ity of cross-strait flights, es­pe­cially as the num­ber of flights be­tween the two sides of the strait in­creases to 890 per week be­gin­ning on Oct. 1, Lin said.

The two agree­ments will bring the to­tal num­ber of agree­ments signed by Tai­wan and main­land China since 2008, when crossstrait ties be­gan warm­ing, to 23.

As for a much- an­tic­i­pated agree­ment that would al­low Chi­nese trav­el­ers on in­ter­na­tional flights to transit through Tai­wan, Lin ex­pressed hope that it could be signed by the end of the year.

Tai­wan had hoped that the agree­ment would be signed at the cur­rent sum­mit meet­ing of the SEF and ARATS, but it was post­poned be­cause the two sides could not bridge their dif­fer­ences in time.

Lin said the pro­posed deal would not only ben­e­fit Tai­wan but also main­land China, be­cause it would of­fer Chi­nese trav­el­ers a new transit op­tion and help ease the pres­sure main­land Chi­nese air­ports have come un­der be­cause of in­creas­ing transit de­mand.

Dur­ing the trip, Lin will also meet with Zhang Zhi­jun ( ), chief of China’s Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice; You Quan, the Com­mu­nist Party chief of Fu­jian province; and Su Shulin, gover­nor of Fu­jian province.

CNA

Pre­par­ing to at­tend the 11th cross-strait sum­mit in Fuzhou in south­ern China, Lin Join-sane ( ), chair­man of Tai­wan’s Straits Ex­change Foun­da­tion (SEF), front left, is wel­comed by Chen Dem­ing ( ), pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­la­tions Across the Tai­wan Straits (ARATS), front right, at the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Fuzhou, where the meet­ing will be held at, yesterday. The sum­mit is sched­uled to last un­til Aug. 26, with Lin and Chen ex­pected to sign agree­ments on tax co­op­er­a­tion and avi­a­tion safety.

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