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ARATS envoys complete talks, return to China

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Negotiators from China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) left Taiwan yesterday amid tight security.

ARATS Deputy Chairman Zheng Lizhong (鄭立中) and members of the delegation met former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Lien Chan (連戰) before leaving for the airport.

A minor altercation took place when staff at the Grand Hyatt Taipei locked the hotel’s front entrance from the outside to block members of the media from approaching representatives of the Chinese delegation who were boarding a tour bus for the airport.

Escorted by police, the delegation took a short bus tour of downtown Taipei before heading for Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Zheng declined to answer questions by reporters as he proceeded to the boarding gate. Despite the absence of demonstrators, the envoy was surrounded by heavy security.

Zheng and the delegation arrived at Taipei on Friday for preparatory talks ahead of the third round of cross-strait negotiation between the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and ARATS, which is scheduled to be held in Nanjing from Friday through April 29.

Following negotiations, SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung (江丙坤) and his counterpart, ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin (陳雲林), are expected to sign three agreements on financial cooperation, changing direct cross-strait charter flights into regular flights and joint efforts to combat crime, as well as a joint statement on opening Taiwan to investment from China, SEF ­Secretary-General Kao Koong-lian (高孔廉) said on Saturday.

However, Kao said the SEF and ARATS would not sign three memorandums of understanding on banking, securities and futures, and insurance that Taiwan had wanted to sign because of the complexity of the items.

Meanwhile, Mainland Affairs Council Chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan (賴幸媛) was scheduled to report the details of the preparatory talks to Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) during a closed-door meeting today and to the legislature’s Internal Administration Committee on Wednesday.Negotiators from China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) left Taiwan yesterday amid tight security.

ARATS Deputy Chairman Zheng Lizhong (鄭立中) and members of the delegation met former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Lien Chan (連戰) before leaving for the airport.

A minor altercation took place when staff at the Grand Hyatt Taipei locked the hotel’s front entrance from the outside to block members of the media from approaching representatives of the Chinese delegation who were boarding a tour bus for the airport.

Escorted by police, the delegation took a short bus tour of downtown Taipei before heading for Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Zheng declined to answer questions by reporters as he proceeded to the boarding gate. Despite the absence of demonstrators, the envoy was surrounded by heavy security.

Zheng and the delegation arrived at Taipei on Friday for preparatory talks ahead of the third round of cross-strait negotiation between the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and ARATS, which is scheduled to be held in Nanjing from Friday through April 29.

Following negotiations, SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung (江丙坤) and his counterpart, ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin (陳雲林), are expected to sign three agreements on financial cooperation, changing direct cross-strait charter flights into regular flights and joint efforts to combat crime, as well as a joint statement on opening Taiwan to investment from China, SEF ­Secretary-General Kao Koong-lian (高孔廉) said on Saturday.

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