Hu Jintao meets Taiwan delegation, hails cross-Straits talks(06/13/08)
2008/06/13

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·Hu said the resumption of talks signaled a good start.
·Chiang agreed that the talks "opened a new page" in mainland-Taiwan relations.
·On Friday morning, the ARATS and SEF signed two agreements.

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Hu Jintao (R) meets with Chiang Pin-kun, chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), in Beijing, capital of China, June 13, 2008.

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Hu Jintao (R) meets with Chiang Pin-kun, chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), in Beijing, capital of China, June 13, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
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    BEIJING, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, met Taiwan's chief negotiator Chiang Pin-kun Friday afternoon, saying the resumption of talks signaled a good start of the improvement and development of mainland-Taiwan relations.

    Chiang, chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), was in Beijing for talks with the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS).

 General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Hu Jintao (4th R, front) and Chiang Pin-kun (5th R, front), chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), pose for a group photo after their meeting in Beijing, capital of China, June 13, 2008.

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Hu Jintao (4th R, front) and Chiang Pin-kun (5th R, front), chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), pose for a group photo after their meeting in Beijing, capital of China, June 13, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)
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    Hu said the resumption of meetings between the ARATS and SEF showed that the two sides across the Taiwan-Straits had wisdom and were capable of overcoming existing problems through talks and negotiations.

    "The resumption of talks signals a good start of the improvement and development of cross-Straits relations and is worth of celebration," Hu said.

    "As long as the both sides can build mutual trust, shelve differences, seek common ground and create a win-win situation, we will be able to continuously advance our negotiations and score more positive progress," Hu said.

    Chiang agreed that the talks "opened a new page" in mainland-Taiwan relations, saying cross-Straits relations would see further development through cooperation and mutual benefit.

    On Friday morning, the ARATS and SEF signed two agreements on weekend chartered flights and mainland tourists' travel to Taiwan after the two organizations resumed talks after nine years' suspension.

    Hu said the agreements would be conducive to the exchange between Chinese compatriots across the Straits, and would contribute to the realization of direct links for mail, trade and transport services between the mainland and Taiwan.

    During the meeting, Chiang conveyed condolences to the people killed in the 8.0-magnitude earthquake in Sichuan Province on May 12 and said Taiwan hoped to help with reconstruction work in the quake zones.

 

Chinese mainland, Taiwan sign historic agreement

Chen Yunlin (R), chairman of Chinese mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS), and Chiang Pin-kun, chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) shake hands after signing the agreements on cross-Strait weekend charted flights and mainland tourists' traveling to Taiwan, in Beijing, China, June 13, 2008.

Chen Yunlin (R), chairman of Chinese mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS), and Chiang Pin-kun, chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), shake hands after signing the agreements on cross-Strait weekend charted flights and mainland tourists' traveling to Taiwan, in Beijing, China, June 13, 2008.   (Xinhua Photo)
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    BEIJING, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese mainland and Taiwan signed the agreements on cross-Strait weekend charted flights and mainland tourists traveling to Taiwan around 9 a.m. Friday.

    The Chinese mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait and the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation on Thursday convened their first talks in nine years to discuss the weekend charted flights and mainland tourists traveling to Taiwan. Full story

Mainland, Taiwan organizations hold first talks in 9 years

    BEIJING, June 12 (Xinhua) -- The chairmen of the Chinese mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) and the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) on Thursday convened their first talks in nine years.

    ARATS chairman Chen Yunlin and SEF chairman Chiang Pin-kun started their talks at around 9 a.m. in Beijing.  Full story

Mainland, Taiwan sit together for weekend chartered flights 

    BEIJING, June 12 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese mainland and Taiwan began negotiations on weekend chartered flights here Thursday five years after the service was adopted for major festivals.

    Sun Yafu and Li Bingcai, vice chairmen of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS), discussed the issue with Kao Koong-lian, vice chairman and secretary-general of Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF). Full story

Wang Yi (R, front), director of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, meets with Chiang Pin-kun, chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), in Beijing, capital of China, June 12, 2008. (Xinhua/Li Xiaoguo)
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Editor: Wang Hongjiang
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