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Chinese mainland negotiator for Taiwan affairs arrives in Taichung

A Chinese mainland delegation arrived in Taiwan today for a fresh round of talks, at which the two sides are expected to discuss future negotiations on a cross-Strait trade agreement.

"After previous meetings in Beijing, Taipei and Nanjing, the cross-Strait systematic talks have been on the track," said Chen Yunlin, president of the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), who led the delegation.

"Once we stick to it, the path heading to peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Strait will be wider."

The agreements reached at previous meetings had positive economic and social effects for both sides, he said at a welcoming ceremony in Taichung.

The meeting between the ARATS and Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) is scheduled for Tuesday in the central Taiwan city of Taichung.

This will be the fourth round since the ARATS and the SEF resumed negotiations in June last year after a 10-year suspension, with labor cooperation in the fishing industry, cooperation in inspection and quarantine of agricultural products, and taxation cooperation high on agenda.

"If the two sides can reach agreements at this meeting, it will benefit Taiwan's fishing industry and export of farm produce to the mainland, contribute to the interests of thousands of farmers and businessmen as well as create a favorable taxation environment for mutual investment," Chen said.

Wang Yi, director of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said in Beijing Monday when seeing the delegation off, that the two sides would also exchange opinions on future negotiations on the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), although the talks on the agreement were not on the agenda of this meeting.

Chen also expressed concerns about people of Hualien, an eastern Taiwan county which was rocked by a 6.7-magnitude earthquake off its coast Saturday.

No casualties have been reported in the quake.


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