Taiwan delegation leaves for mainland for cross-Strait talks

14:37, June 28, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

A delegation of Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), headed by chairman Chiang Pin-kung, left Taipei for southwest China's Chongqing municipality Monday, to attend the latest round of cross-Strait talks.

The mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and the SEF are expected to sign the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) and an agreement on intellectual property protection at the talks on Tuesday.

The most comprehensive, complicated and time-consuming cross-Strait agreement ever, the ECFA would bring "mutual trust and benefit" to cross-Strait relations, said Chiang, at a press conference before his departure.

"We expect the agreement to give Taiwan a new chance to restructure its economy."

The ECFA would help Taiwan boost exports, attract more investment and promote employment, he said.

The two sides would also discuss the agenda for the next round of talks, including commodity trade and service trade agreements, to be signed after the ECFA, as well as protection of Taiwan investors' rights on the mainland, he said.

The Taiwan negotiators are supposed to arrive in Chongqing at noon. On Monday afternoon, SEF vice chairman Kao Koong-lian will have a preparatory meeting with ARATS vice president Zheng Lizhong.

The ARATS and SEF have held three rounds of expert-level talks on the ECFA since January. The two sides had fixed the details of the two pacts at a preparatory consultation in Taipei on June 24.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:梁军)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • A man visits "Thy Word Is Truth, the Bible Ministry Exhibition of the Protestant Church in China", during its opening at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington DC, capital of the United States, Sept. 28, 2011. Through the Bible's various Chinese versions, ancient or modern, as well as pictures, paintings, calligraphy, art works and historical documents, the exhibition was expected to give an overall understanding of how Bible was brought into China, how it was translated, published, distributed and loved. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)
  • A visitor passes by in the exhibition of Istanbul design week on Sept. 28, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul design week will be hosting designers and design exhibitions from around the world in Istanbul from Sept 28 to Oct 2 with the participation of 25 countries. (Xinhua/Ma yan)
  • Red flag flies at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, Sept. 28, 2011. A spokesperson with China's manned space program said Wednesday that fuel has been injected into the Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket in preparation for launching the Tiangong-1 space module Thursday evening as planned. (Xinhua/Wang Jianmin)
  • A militant loyal to the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) waves in a tank near Bani Walid, one of the pro-Muammar Gaddafi strongholds, on Sept. 28, 2011. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)
  • Jewish worshippers pray at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City on Sept. 28, 2011, ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the two-day Jewish new year which will begin at sunset on Sept. 28 and conclude at nightfall on Sept. 30. (Xinhua/Muammar Awad)
  • High school student Johanna Choapa is helped by her father after announcing the end of hunger strike in Santiago, capital of Chile, on Sept. 28, 2011. The end of the strike took place to make way for a dialogue with the government, seeking to resolve the four-month crisis in the education sector. (Xinhua/Jorge Villegas)
Hot Forum Discussion