Date
17 January 2017
Zhang Zhijun (left) and Andrew Hsia will meet on the island of Kinmen, near Xiamen, on May 23-24. Photos: cri.cn, cna.com.tw
Zhang Zhijun (left) and Andrew Hsia will meet on the island of Kinmen, near Xiamen, on May 23-24. Photos: cri.cn, cna.com.tw

Taiwan announces fresh round of cross-strait talks

Taiwan announced Friday fresh cross-strait talks will be held later this month, Reuters reported.

The island’s top official in charge of relations with mainland China will meet his mainland counterpart on Taiwan’s Kinmen Island, just two kilometers off the coast of Fujian province. 

It will be the fourth such meeting since the start of last year, in a sign of warming relations.

Trade ties between the two sides have improved to their best level in six decades since Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou took office in 2008.

The announcement of the meeting comes less than two weeks after Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Eric Chu  Li-luan, chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Nationalist Party, in Beijing, the highest-level meeting between the two sides in six years.

In the meeting set for May 23-24, Andrew Hsia Li-yan, head of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), and Zhang Zhijun, director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, will discuss issues such as in what name both sides would agree for Taiwan to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and how to cooperate in a crackdown on economic crime, MAC vice chairwoman Wu Mei-hung said.

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