China, Taiwan talks to resume soon

May 29th, 2008 - 1:42 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, May 29 (Xinhua) Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party chief Wu Poh-hsiun has said talks with mainland China to build trust would resume soon. After his meeting with Communist Party of China (CPC) general secretary Hu Jintao, Wu said Wednesday mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) and the Taiwan-based Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF) would resume talks very soon.

Cross-Strait relations have deteriorated and even stepped backwards in the past, Wu told the press conference.

The two sides should utilise the new situation to make continuous efforts on the right track to improve relations, he added.

He said the two sides across the Taiwan Strait have reached a consensus to build mutual trust and set aside disputes that cannot be settled in the near future.

“Disputes should not stand in the way of the well being of people across the strait,” Wu said.

According to Wu, the meeting between the CPC and KMT leaders resulted in the common understanding that institutionalised cross-strait talks and negotiations should resume as soon as possible, with weekend charter flights and mainland tourists’ travel to Taiwan as their initial focus.

DPA added from Taipei: Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation, which represents Taipei in talks with China said: “The Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait has invited us to Beijing from June 11 to 14 to hold talks on weekend cross-strait charter flights and visits by mainland tourists to Taiwan.”

At a news conference in Taipei, Chiang said Thursday that he received the invitation from the mainland-based association earlier in the day and immediately asked his deputy, Kao Koong-lian, to organise a delegation and prepare for talks with China.

The association and Chiang’s foundation were set up in 1991 to represent their respective governments in talks in the absence of formal ties.

Taiwan and China split at the end of a civil war in 1949.

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