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Framework Talks Step Closer

NEGOTIATORS from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan yesterday decided to start the long-expected discussion of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement in their next talks in 2010.

These talks will be held in the first half of next year on the mainland, but no date has been set.

The two sides promised to arrange the expert-level meetings "as soon as possible," according to a statement issued at the fourth round of talks between the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait and Taiwan's Strait Exchange Foundation, which handle cross-Strait issues.

The two sides would also talk about protection of intellectual property rights, the statement said.

"The ECFA will be purely economic and not related to sensitive political issues," said Chen Yunlin, ARATS president, during the talks.


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