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Fourth round of cross-strait talks to open Dec. 22 in Taichung

ROC Central News Agency

2009/12/10 19:41:52

Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) The fourth round of talks between the chief cross-Taiwan Strait negotiators on each side -- Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung and Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) President Chen Yunlin -- will be held Dec. 22 in Taichung, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) announced Thursday.

The main purpose of the meeting will be to sign four cross-strait agreements regarding fishing crew cooperation, agricultural quarantine inspection, industrial product standards, inspection and certification, and the avoidance of double taxation.

Chen is scheduled to arrive in the central city Dec. 21, according to an itinerary released by the MAC.

A seminar on Chinese investment in Taiwan will be held Dec. 23 on the sidelines of the talks, after which Chen and his delegation will tour Taichung's peripheral areas, including the popular tourist attraction of Sun Moon Lake, before returning to Beijing Dec. 25.

According to MAC Vice Chairman Liu Te-shun, there are no arrangements for Chen to attend banquets hosted by political parties or businessmen during his visit.

However, MAC Chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan will meet Chen Dec. 22 in Taichung, Liu said, adding that there will also be a meeting between Chen and Taichung Mayor Jason Hu on an as-yet undetermined date.

Also Thursday, Chao Chien-min, another MAC vice chairman, said there are no plans by the Taichung city government to set up a protest zone during the talks.

The pro-independence opposition Democratic Progressive Party had earlier announced a plan to hold a demonstration in Taichung Dec. 20 to voice their objections to the proposed signing of an economic cooperation framework agreement with China.

In addition, more than 10 DPP-leaning groups in central Taiwan will also hold protests during Chen's visit.

(By Liu Cheng-ching and Lin Ye-fong and Y.F. Low) ENDITEM/J

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