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SEF, ARATS heads begin historic talks

TIGHT SECURITY Straits Exchange Foundation head Chiang greeted his Chinese counterpart as police broke up protests, fracturing the finger of a Taiwanese activist

By Ko Shu-Ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

The report could not be immediately confirmed with the SEF.

The two sides in June agreed to operate 36 flights across the Taiwan Strait each weekend, connecting the Taiwan and five Chinese cities.

Cecilia Koo lamented the stalemate in cross-strait relations over the years, saying Chen’s visit signified the thawing of the relationship and “the end of winter and beginning of spring.”

She said her late husband always said there were no petty matters in cross-strait relations and that all things must be carefully and seriously dealt with.

Chen invited her to visit China “at an appropriate time.”

Chen said cross-strait relations over the past 60 years had been “eventful” and sometimes moved forward, sometimes stalled and sometimes even reversed. Nevertheless, what people on both sides hoped to see was peace, he said.

Chen rounded off his first day in Taipei with a banquet hosted by the SEF at Taipei 101.

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