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Mainland negotiator arrives in Taipei for new round of cross-Strait talks


09:48, August 09, 2012

Chen Yunlin (2nd L), president of the Chinese mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), shakes hands with the welcoming crowd upon his arrival in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan, Aug. 8, 2012. Chen will attend the eighth summit between ARATS and the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), scheduled on Aug. 9. (Xinhua)

TAIPEI, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chen Yunlin, president of the Chinese mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), arrived in Taiwan Wednesday afternoon for a new round of talks with his Taiwanese counterpart Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF).

Chen was received by Chiang at the Grand Hotel, where the two will hold talks on Thursday.

The talks, the eighth to take place between the two since 2008, are expected to result in the signing of two cross-Strait agreements on investment protection and customs cooperation.

Both agreements aim to promote and protect two-way investment, as well as facilitate customs clearance and effective cargo supervision.

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