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Backgrounder: Key talks between ARATS, SEF

Source: Xinhua | 04-26-2009 11:36

Special Report:   3rd round of cross-strait talk

NANJING, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung left Taipei for mainland city Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Saturday morning to attend talks with the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) President Chen Yunlin.

This is the third round of talks between the two leaders in less than a year.

Founded in 1991 and 1990 respectively, the ARATS and the SEF are authorized by the mainland and Taiwan to handle cross-straits affairs.

The following are the key talks between the two organizations in the past:

In November 1992, the ARATS and the SEF held talks in Hong Kong. The organizations reached what's called the "1992 Consensus." It states that both sides adhere to the "one China" principle.

In April 1993, ARATS President Wang Daohan and SEF Chairman KooChen-fu held a historic "Wang-Koo meeting" in Singapore. It was the first public meeting between leaders of the two organizations. They signed four agreements on economic and trade cooperation.

From 1993 to 1998 the two organizations held more than 20 rounds of talks including one between Wang and Koo in Shanghai in 1998.

In 1999, negotiations between the two organizations were suspended. That's when former Taiwan leader Lee Teng-hui began to pursue "Taiwan Independence".

As of March 2008, cross-straits relations began to change. The ARATS and SEF agreed to resume talks based on the "1992 Consensus". On May 28, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Hu Jintao met with Taiwan's Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung in Beijing.

From June 12-14, 2008, the ARATS and the SEF leaders held their first talks since 1999 in Beijing. The two signed agreements on weekend charter flights and tourism.

On Nov. 3, 2008, Chen Yunlin led a delegation to Taiwan for a five-day historic visit, and signed four agreements on direct shipping, air transport, postal services and food safety.

On April 18, the two organizations held a preliminary meeting in Taipei. They agreed that the third round of talks would be held in Nanjing from April 25-26. The talks will focus on regular cross-straits flights, joint efforts on cracking down on crimes, and financial cooperation. They will also exchange views on mainland investment on the island.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei