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No consensus on cross-strait nuclear safety pact: official

ROC Central News Agency

2011/08/11 22:08:27

By Chen Hung-chin and Jamie Wang

Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) Taiwan and mainland China have not reached a consensus over the signing of an agreement on nuclear safety cooperation during the upcoming seventh round of top-level cross-Taiwan Strait talks, officials said Thursday.

Kao Koong-lian, vice chairman of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), said that both sides are still exchanging views on the issue.

The statement came after officials said a day earlier that a much-anticipated investment protection agreement might also not be signed during the meeting slated to take place in the Chinese city of Tianjin in late August or early September between SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung and his Chinese counterpart, Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits President Chen Yunlin.

Although Wang Yi, director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of China's State Council, had earlier expressed optimism about the signing of both the nuclear safety agreement and the investment protection pact, the two sides failed during a working-level meeting in Shanghai that ended Aug. 7 to resolve differences on a dispute arbitration mechanism and ways of protecting Taiwan businessmen's safety in China.

Taiwan has proposed that disputes between Taiwanese businessmen and the Chinese government should be arbitrated by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), but China remains sensitive about the idea, officials said earlier in the week, adding that further talks are needed.

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