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Mainland Affairs Council

II. Cross-Strait Talks and Interactions

2013

January 28, 2013
ARATS Deputy Secretary-General Ma Xiaoguang leads delegation to Taiwan to participate in the opening ceremony of the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) in Taipei, and will also meet with SEF personnel.

February 28, 2013
ARATS Vice Chairman Wang Zaixi led a Mainland media exchange delegation to Taiwan via the Mini Three Links. The group met with SEF personnel and visited local attractions during the transit in Kinmen.

March 20, 2013
The SEF and the ARATS completed an exchange of letters for amendments to the Cross-Strait Agreement on Travel by Mainland Residents to Taiwan. The amended agreement increased the daily quota of Mainland tourist visits to Taiwan to 5,000 visitors and will become effective starting April 1.

March 26, 2013
SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane led a "Mission of Care for Taiwan Businesspeople in Hunan and Hubei" to mainland China and met with ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin.

March 27, 2013
The ARATS sent a letter to the SEF expressing condolences to the victims of the Nantou earthquake disaster.

April 18, 2013
In mid-April, the SEF and the ARATS held the first round of discussions on reciprocal institutions establishment by the two organizations. The two sides exchanged views on the establishment arrangements and functions of the reciprocal institutions.

April 20, 2013
The SEF sent a letter to ARATS expressing Taiwan's concerns and sympathy over the Ya'an, Sichuan earthquake, which was responded by ARATS thank you letter the next day (April 21).

April 26, 2013
The SEF sent a letter to newly-appointed ARATS Chen Deming to extend congratulations and hopes for the SEF and ARATS to promote broader and deeper cross-strait exchanges and cooperation on the current solid foundation.

May 14, 2013
The SEF contacted the ARATS and confirmed that the ninth round of high-level cross-strait talks between the two sides would be held in the Mainland.

May 16, 2013
The SEF and ARATS conducted the second round of discussions in early May on operational issues regarding the mutual establishment of reciprocal institutions. The two sides exchanged views on issues such as the institution establishment, scope of service functions, and personnel protections.

June 3, 2013
The ARATS sent a letter to the SEF expressing condolences to the victims of the earthquake disaster in Nantou, Taiwan.

June 21, 2013
The ninth round of high-level cross-strait talks between the SEF and ARATS was held in Shanghai. SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane and ARATS Chairman Chen Deming signed the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement and reached a joint opinion on resolving the water supply problem in Kinmen. On the agenda to be set for the tenth round of talks, the two sides agreed to work together to promote the "trade in goods agreement" and "dispute settlement agreement," aiming to conclude negotiations and sign the agreements by the end of the year. Furthermore, the four issues of "cooperation on the avoidance of double taxation and strengthening of tax cooperation," "reciprocal establishment of institutions by the SEF and the ARATS," "earthquake monitoring cooperation," and "meteorological cooperation" will be included into the negotiation agenda for the tenth round of talks; the two sides may sign agreements on any issues of consensus. The two sides also agreed to promptly convene the second Cross-strait Agreements Result and Review Meeting in the second half of the year, as well as to continue promoting SEF-ARATS exchanges on organizational affairs.

July 12, 2013
The SEF sent a letter to the ARATS expressing condolences over the landslide disaster in Sichuan.

July 15, 2013
The ARATS sent a letter to the SEF expressing sympathy and concern over the loss of life and property caused by Typhoon Soulik in Taiwan.

July 17, 2013
SEF Vice Chairman Kao Koong-lian called ARATS Executive Vice Chairman Zheng Lizhong expressing hope that ARATS would mediate in a business dispute involving the with Chunxi Pacific SOGO Department Store in Chengdu. He also hoped that the local court would promptly reach a decision on the litigation between the two sides.

July 19, 2013
The SEF sent a letter to the ARATS expressing hope that the Mainland government would handle the dispute involving the Chunxi Pacific SOGO Department Store in Chengdu according to law.

July 22, 2013
The SEF sent a letter to the ARATS to express condolences over the heavy casualties caused by the Gansu earthquake.

August 20-23, 2013
The SEF and the ARATS held the fourth round of talks, in late August, on operational issues related to the establishment of reciprocal institutions. The two sides exchanged views on the framework of the agreement text, guarantees and convenience measures, and codes of conduct.

November 26 to December 3, 2013
ARATS Chairman Chen Deming led the "ARATS Economic and Trade Exchange Mission" to Taiwan for a visit from November 26 to December 3. Aside from a meeting with the SEF Chairman, other agenda also included visiting projects related to the free economic pilot zones and holding a seminar for Mainland enterprises in Taiwan.

December 10, 2013
The SEF and ARATS held the fifth regular meeting of the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) in Taipei. SEF Vice Chairman Kao Koong-lian and ARATS Executive Vice Chairman Zheng Lizhong served as co-conveners. CSECC Chief Representative for the Taiwan side Cho Shih-chao and his Mainland counterpart Gao Yan represented the two sides as chief negotiators during the meeting. The two sides summarized developments achieved in cross-strait economic cooperation, assessed the implementation results of the early harvest program under the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, planned future work and exchanged views on issues of mutual concern.