OUT OF TIME:With only one day left in the latest round of negotiations, the two sides have managed to reach an agreement on only four of the nine chapters
Date: Nov 23, 2015
By: Lauly Li / Staff reporter
Taiwan and China are unlikely to complete the latest round of negotiations over the cross-strait trade in goods agreement today, as the two sides still have differences on major trade issues.
“We hope to achieve a major breakthrough in the last day of this round of negotiations,” Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) Director-General Yang Jen-ni (楊珍妮), who led Taiwan’s negotiation team, told a teleconference yesterday after finishing the second day of the 12th round of talks.
The latest round of talks started on Saturday and is scheduled to end this evening at the Grand Hotel (圓山飯店) in Taipei.
Yang declined to confirm if Taipei and Beijing could wrap up the negotiations today.
However, as the two sides agreed on only four of the nine chapters of the agreement as of the second day of negotiations, it is unlikely that they would go through the remaining five chapters and three appendices today. [FULL STORY]