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MAC to brief media about cross-strait summit plans

Staff writer, with CNA

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) has scheduled a briefing for later today on the next summit between the Straits Exchange Foundation and China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS).

The exact date of the summit, which would be the 11th since 2008, has not been settled, but MAC Minister Andrew Hsia (夏立言) on Saturday said it might take place before the end of the month.

Informed sources have said that the summit is likely be held in Fuzhou, China.

Today’s briefing is to be led by council Deputy Chief Lin Chu-chia (林祖嘉), Deputy Minister of Finance Chang Fan (張璠), and Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications Wu Meng-feng (吳盟分), the council said.

Many people are waiting to see if the briefing provides an update on the status of several agreements — including one on taxes and one on aviation safety cooperation — that had long been expected to be signed at the next summit.

However, foundation Vice Chairman Chou Jih-shine (周繼祥) on Wednesday last week hinted that the tax and aviation safety pacts might not be ready in time for the meeting.

He said that while the content of the proposed deals have been screened by national security officials and discussed at public hearings, their wording and phrasing needed further review.

As for the much-anticipated agreement that would allow Chinese airline passengers to use Taiwan as a transit stop on flights to third countries, Chou said that no consensus has been reached despite four rounds of negotiations.

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