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Backgrounder: Talks between leaders of ARATS and SEF


Source: | 04-26-2009 15:30

Special Report:   3rd round of cross-strait talk

The talks between Chiang and Chen began last year. Now let's take a brief look back at their talks.

Chen Yunlin, president of the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), holds talks with Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu Province, on April 26, 2009. This was the third round of talks between them in less than a year.(Xinhua/Sun Can)
Chen Yunlin, president of the mainland's Association for
Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), holds talks
with Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits
Exchange Foundation (SEF), in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu
Province, on April 26, 2009. This was the third round of
talks between them in less than a year.(Xinhua/Sun Can)

MARCH, 2008

In March, 2008 Ma Ying-jeon, the candidate representing Taiwan's Kuomintang, or KMT, won the island's leadership election. Ma said people across the Taiwan Straits are all Chinese, creating an opportunity for the resumption of cross-strait talks.

MAY 29TH, 2008

In May last year, the mainland-based ARATS invited SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung to visit Beijing for talks on the cross-Strait weekend chartered flights and mainland tourists traveling to Taiwan.