Date: January 12, 2016
TAIPEI–The intermediary agencies between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait held a new round of talks on setting up respective offices on each side last week, and reached an initial agreement, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Monday.
The MAC said in a news release that the ninth meeting between Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and its Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), was mainly to exchange views on such outstanding issues as the functions, behavior regulation, protection and facilitation measures of the representative offices.
Both sides decided on the framework of the agreement, the MAC said, adding that the two sides also discussed related wording of the agreement, and “achieved initial consensus.”
The MAC said that both sides made certain during the talks that the representative offices will have the function of promoting cross-strait exchanges and cooperation, protecting the rights of the people they represent, assisting in emergencies, handling travel documents, notification and humanitarian visits. [FULL STORY]