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7th round of high-level cross-strait talks opens in Tianjin

ROC Central News Agency

2011/10/20 12:10:48

By Chiu Kuo-chiang, Chen Hung-chin and Sofia Wu

Tianjin, China, Oct. 20 (CNA) A seventh round of high-level talks between Taiwan and China opened in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin Thursday, with three key issues --nuclear safety, industrial cooperation and investment protection -- on the agenda.

At the start of the talks, the top negotiators from the two sides -- Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung and his Chinese counterpart Chen Yunlin, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits&nb! sp;(ARATS) -- reviewed the text of a cross-strait nuclear safety cooperation agreement that will be signed by them later in the day.

Chiang and Chen are also scheduled to present progress in bilateral industrial cooperation and negotiations for an investment protection accord during the afternoon session.

The two negotiators were originally expected to sign an investment protection pact at the current round of talks. But because the two sides have failed to iron out long-standing differences on certain provisions of the agreement, only the nuclear safety pact will be signed Thursday.

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