The Fifth Chiang-Chen Talks

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The Straits Exchange Foundation and the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits officially signed the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement and the Cross-Strait Agreement on Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Cooperation, and reached a consensus on plans for follow-up negotiations (Source:SEF Press Release)

  • Date:2010-06-29

Straits Exchange Foundation Press Release
2010 Press Release No. 061
Date: June 29, 2010

The Straits Exchange Foundation and the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits officially signed the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement and the Cross-Strait Agreement on Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Cooperation, and reached a consensus on plans for follow-up negotiations

Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung and Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) President Chen Yunlin held talks today (June 29, 2010) at the Sofitel Forebase Chongqing Hotel in Chongqing, mainland China. The two sides jointly confirmed the contents of the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) and the Cross-Strait Agreement on Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Cooperation, and completed the signing ceremony. The two sides also discussed and reached consensus on issues for the next round of talks. The SEF stated that over the past two years, the two sides have signed 14 agreements and reached one consensus. These major achievements indicate that the institutionalized negotiation channel between the SEF and the ARATS is the most effective mechanism for cross-strait communication and handling of issues. The two agreements signed at the latest round will not only create a stable and orderly environment for increasingly close cross-strait economic and trade activities, but also help both sides fully realize their respective advantages, actively take part in regional integration, and create new niches for cross-strait economic development in the face of globalization and economic integration.

During the meeting, Chairman Chiang stated that after five talks, the mechanism for institutionalized cross-strait negotiations has entered a mature and normalized stage. This mechanism will continue to create win-win results and have benchmark significance for the peaceful, stable and prosperous development of cross-strait relations. It also has won a high-level of affirmation from the people on both sides as well as from the international community. Chairman Chiang emphasized that the signing of the ECFA is a win-win result for both sides of the Strait. It will create an orderly environment for cross-strait economic and trade activities and help both sides enhance their economic strength and global market presence. The signing of the Agreement not only marks an important milestone in cross-strait economic and trade relations, but also represents a major and vital step for both sides in their facing up to regional economic integration and global economic development trends.

During the meeting, the two sides jointly reviewed and discussed the implementation of the 12 agreements and one consensus signed between the SEF and the ARATS over the past two years. Through the efforts made by both sides, the results of the agreements have gradually revealed, bringing much convenience for the people on both sides. Nevertheless, there remains room for improvement in the implementation process. For example, Taiwan noted the insufficiency of the number of cross-strait flights and the need for more active handling of major food safety cases. Under the framework of the Cross-Strait Joint Crime-Fighting and Judicial Mutual Assistance Agreement, major economic criminals should also be repatriated as soon as possible. The SEF and the ARATS should promptly hold related meetings to carry out talks and make improvements, with priorities set according to urgency.

During the talks, the two sides confirmed the content of the ECFA and the Cross-Strait Agreement on Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Cooperation, as well as the content of their annexes, and the two agreements were formally signed in the afternoon. The two sides also exchanged views on planning the next stage of related negotiations and agreed to forthwith begin follow-up talks according to the set schedule.

In order to effectively protect the health welfare and ensure the sanitary security of the people on both sides, the two sides agreed at the talks today to make "cross-strait medical, pharmaceutical and health cooperation" the issue to discuss at the next talks, as well as to immediately begin contact and communication between the competent authorities for health on the two sides to facilitate early completion of negotiations and sign an agreement at the sixth talks. Furthermore, the two sides agreed that, after signing the ECFA, they would include an "investment protection agreement" as a discussion issue at the sixth talks and promptly begin making preparations to enable timely completion of negotiations.

During the talks, the SEF and the ARATS also discussed exchange affairs between the two organizations. It was proposed that the two sides continue to strengthen coordination on matters pertaining to the rights and interests of the people on both sides and to mutually form delegations to promote exchange visits. At the same time, according to current arrangements of SEF-ARATS institutionalized negotiations, the two sides agreed to hold the Sixth Chiang-Chen Talks in Taiwan by the end of this year. Chairman Chiang sincerely invited President Chen to visit Taiwan at the occasion. Chairman Chiang thanked the negotiation delegations of the two sides for enabling the smooth progress of the Fifth Chiang-Chen Talks. He also expressed his sincere gratitude to ARATS President Chen and other ARATS colleagues for their excellent preparations for the talks this time.

The SEF stated that, through the efforts and cooperation of the SEF, the ARATS and related competent authorities, the talks came to a successful conclusion, with the agreements signed being comprehensively and deeply discussed. The talks symbolize the stable and orderly operation of the cross-strait institutionalized mechanism. Moreover, on the foundation of the 14 agreements and one consensus, cross-strait institutionalized negotiations will further help deepen cross-strait mutual trust, ensure the peace and prosperity of cross-strait relations, and enable the people on both sides to jointly enjoy the fruits of reciprocal negotiations and benign interactions.

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