Mon, November 03, 2008
China > Mainland > Chen Yunlin visits Taiwan

ARATS chief Chen Yunlin leaves for Taiwan

2008-11-02 23:24:45 GMT2008-11-03 07:24:45 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

A delegation led by Chen Yunlin, president of the Chinese mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), left Beijing for Taipei at around 7:30 a.m. Monday, starting his five-day visit to Taiwan. (Xinhua Photo)

A delegation led by Chen Yunlin(L), president of the Chinese mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), left Beijing for Taipei at around 7:30 a.m. Monday, starting his five-day visit to Taiwan. State Council Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi(R) saw Chen off at the airport. (Xinhua Photo)

BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- A delegation led by Chen Yunlin, president of the Chinese mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), left Beijing for Taipei at around 7:30 a.m. Monday, starting his five-day visit to Taiwan.

"The visit of ARATS chief to Taiwan is of historical significance and is a key step marking the development of cross-strait relations," State Council Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi said after seeing Chen off at the airport.

Wang said cross-strait relations were embarking on the track of peaceful development and started to show positive momentum. "We should cherish, maintain and develop the hard-earned situation."

Chen told reporters earlier that he would meet with Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) chairman Chiang Pin-kung during the visit, which will focus on economic issues.

Chen's Taiwan visit marks the second meeting between leaders of the ARATS and SEF, two organizations entrusted by the authorities to negotiate cross-strait affairs, in the past 10 years. The first, attended by Chiang Pin-kung, was held in Beijing in June.

Add Your Comments:

Your Name:
Your Country:
Comment:
(English Only)
 
Please read our Terms of Service. Messages that harass, abuse or threaten others; have obscene or otherwise objectionable content; have spam, commercial or advertising content or links may be removed.

SPECIAL COVERAGE

MOST VIEWED

LATEST VIDEO

PICTURE GALLERY