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Mainland Affairs Council

II. Cross-Strait Talks and Interactions

2014

February 20-21, 2014
The SEF and the ARATS held the second Cross-strait Agreement Result and Review Meeting in Changsha, Hunan. SEF Vice Chairman Chang Hsien-yao led Taiwan's negotiation team and ARATS Executive Vice Chairman Zheng Lizhong led the ARATS negotiation team in the discussions. During the meeting, the two sides reviewed the implementation status and results of the agreements signed between the two sides. They jointly confirmed the follow-up handling approaches in areas requiring strengthening or improvement in the agreement implementation process. Furthermore, the two sides exchanged views on arrangements for the working talks on the Tenth Round of Cross-Strait High-Level Talks between the SEF and the ARATS.

February 27, 2014
The Tenth Round of Cross-Strait High-Level Talks between the SEF and the ARATS was held in Taipei. SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane and ARATS Chairman Chen Deming signed the Cross-Strait Collaboration Agreement on Meteorology and the Cross-Strait Collaboration Agreement on Seismological Monitoring. During the meeting, the two sides both agreed that the "Cross-Strait Trade in Goods Agreement," "Dispute Settlement Agreement," "cooperation on the avoidance of double taxation and strengthening of tax cooperation," "SEF-ARATS reciprocal establishment of institutions," "cross-strait cooperation on environmental protection," and "flight safety and airworthiness standards cooperation" should be included as negotiation issues for the eleventh round of talks and that any of the agreements can be signed once consensus is reached.

March 2014
The SEF and the ARATS held the fifth round of talks on operational issues in March on establishing cross-strait representative institutions between the two sides. Both sides expressed the view that the institutions should be granted humanitarian visiting functions and agreed to continue communication on this issue.

April 2014
The SEF and ARATS in late April held the sixth talks on operations issues related to the establishment of reciprocal institutions. The two sides exchanged views on the text of codes of conduct and related content.

April 15, 2014
SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane will lead an SEF cultural delegation to the Mainland and meet with ARATS Chairman Chen Deming for an exchange of views on the affairs of the SEF and the ARATS.

May 23, 2014
The SEF sent a letter to the ARATS requesting assistance in coordinating with the local authorities and Taiwan Affairs Office to respond to an accident involving a Mainland tour group operated by Life Tour, in which a bus rolled over into the Jiulong River in Fujian Province.

May 25, 2014
The SEF sent another formal letter to the ARATS requesting that search and rescue work to be fully strengthened and continued. The ARATS was also asked to assist with arrangements for SEF personnel to jointly assist in handling follow-up affairs.

May 26, 2014
Former ARATS Chairman and Advisor and current Chairman of the Calligraphy Exchange Chapter Chen Yunlin led an "ARATS Calligraphy Art Exchange Mission" to Taiwan. He also met with SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane and Vice Chairman and Secretary-general Chang Hsien-yao.

June 18, 2014
The Straits Exchange Foundation sent a letter to the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits expressing the concerns and doubts of Taiwanese enterprises on the draft revisions to the Guangdong Province Regulations on Enterprise Collective Consultations and Collective Contracts. The letter requested assistance in reflecting such concerns to the relevant units and asking them to widely seek the views of all sides and re-deliberate this matter.

July 14, 2014
The Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) sent an official letter to the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) in regards to the detainment of Hochan Entertainment Co. manager Hsu Chia-sen at Beijing Airport on July 12. The letter requested that ARATS to ascertain the reasons for the detainment and promptly assist in handling this matter. The ARATS replied that Hsu Chia-sen is involved in a major economic case between two Mainland companies and the case is currently under investigation, thus, his exit restrictions have not yet been lifted.

July 23, 2014
The Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits sent an official letter to the Straits Exchange Foundation expressing condolences to the victims, their families and injured Taiwan compatriots of the Penghu air crash.

August 2, 2014
The SEF sent an official letter to the ARATS expressing concern and condolences over the explosion at Zhongrong Metal Production Company, a Taiwan-funded enterprise in Kunshan. It also activated the SEF-ARATS emergency liaison channel and requested the ARATS to coordinate with the Kunshan side to fully assist with the rescue, provide proper medical care for the injured, comfort the families of the victims in this unfortunate tragedy, promptly ascertain the cause of the accident, and help the company handle follow-up affairs.

August 5, 2014
The SEF and ARATS held the sixth regular meeting of the ECFA Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee in Beijing. As a rule, the two sides reviewed the work progress under ECFA and planned work of the next stage. They also exchanged views on SME-related policies, and facilitation of agricultural inspection and quarantine, among other issues.

September 2-5, 2014
SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane led a delegation of SEF directors and supervisors to visit the Mainland. The group met with ARATS Chairman Chen Deming in Hangzhou for exchanges of view on operational affairs of the two organizations and matters related to follow-up negotiations.

September 18-23, 2014
MAC Deputy Minister and SEF Vice Chairperson and Secretary-General Shih Hui-fen led a judicial exchange mission to the Mainland for a six-day exchange visit. The mission held exchanges and discussions with Mainland's judicial agencies and visit ARATS and other units.

September 24, 2014
ARATS Vice Chairman Zheng Lizhong led a six-person ARATS economic and trade mission to Taiwan for a seven-day visit. The group visited economic and trade parks in northern and central Taiwan and met with SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane.

October 14, 2014
A Mainland delegation from the Zhejiang Province Ningbo Fisheries Trade Association was involved in a bus accident in Alishan, Chiayi County. The SEF notified the ARATS about the incident.

October 25-31, 2014
ARATS Vice Chairman Zheng Lizhong led an agricultural, economic and trade exchange delegation to Taiwan. Accompanied by personnel of the SEF, the group primarily visited agriculture parks, farmers' associations, and agricultural companies.

November 5, 2014
SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane led a 10-person investigation mission to mainland China to visit Taiwanese businesspeople in Pingtan, Fujian Province. The group was accompanied by representatives from the ARATS and Fujian Provincial Taiwan Affairs Office.

November 26, 2014
The SEF and the ARATS held the first working talks in Beijing on the issue of Mainland tourist transits in Taiwan and affairs related to further facilitating exchanges between the people on both sides. During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views and agreed to jointly promote follow-up talks.

December 9, 2014
ARATS Chairman Chen Deming led an "ARATS Economic and Trade Delegation" to Taiwan for an eight-day visit and met with SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane to exchange views on cross-strait relations.