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Mainland negotiators back from Taiwan trip

Updated: 2009-12-25 18:55
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BEIJING: Chinese mainland negotiators returned to Beijing on Friday after ending their Taiwan trip during which three trade agreements were signed at the new round of cross-Strait talks.

Headed by Chen Yunlin, president of the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), the delegation took a charter flight and arrived in Beijing Capital International Airport at about 4 pm Friday.

Wang Yi, director of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, met Chen at the airport, along with several other officials.

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ARATS and Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), both authorized to handle cross-Strait issues, held talks on Tuesday in Taichung and signed three agreements on farm produce quarantine, cooperation in standards measuring, inspection and certification, and on cross-Strait employment of fishermen.

It was the fourth round of talks between the ARATS and the SEF since they resumed negotiations in June last year after a 10-year suspension.

In the previous three rounds of talks, the two sides reached nine agreements concerning transport, trade, tourism, cooperation in finance and fighting crime among other issues.