Taiwan President Ma to meet with Chinese negotiator
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday that he would meet with Chinese negotiator Chen Yunlin when Chen visits Taipei next month to sign four pacts on expanding exchanges, reported dpa.
Ma told the Central News Agency (CNA) that while Taiwan and China do not recognize each other now, they should not deny each other's existence.
Chen, China's top negotiator on Taiwan, is to hold talks with his Taiwan counterpart, Chiang Ping-kun, starting November 3 in Taipei to discuss expanding exchanges that began after Ma took office on May 20.
Taiwan and China are to hold preparatory talks Monday in Shenzhen in southern China to discuss details of Chen's visit. Chen would be the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit Taiwan since 1949 when Taiwan and China split at the end of the Chinese Civil War.
Kao Kung-lien, secretary general of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation, said Chen and Chiang would sign four pacts in Taipei.
"They cover direct shipping, direct postal service, expansion of weekend charter flights and safety of China's food exports to Taiwan," he told the CNA.
There is currently direct postal service for letters and registered mail, but the new direct postal service pact would allow parcels and direct express mail to be sent directly across the Taiwan Strait.