Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits

Taiwan opposition party DPP to block reciprocal offices with China

KMT chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (left) meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing yesterday. Photo: Xinhua

Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has pledged to stop Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou from allowing cross-strait semi-official organisations to set up reciprocal branch offices.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 7:09am

Talking points

Chen Deming

The mainland's new top negotiator with Taiwan is expected to be unveiled at a board meeting of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am

Taiwan’s top China officials resigns ahead of reshuffle

Taiwan’s top China envoy, Chiang Pin-kung, announces his resignation. Photo: Xinhua

Two top Taiwanese officials in charge of China affairs on Wednesday announced their resignations ahead of an anticipated government reshuffle.

Chiang Pin-kung, 79, said he has tendered his resignation as Taiwan’s chief negotiator with China and head of semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation due to his advanced age.

19 Sep 2012 - 8:16pm

New 'office' talk between Taipei and Beijing

Taiwan and the mainland yesterday marked the fourth anniversary of the resumption of talks through their respective semi-official agencies, with both sides realising they will have to swap representative offices if they are to continue to develop ties.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Joint pledge on nuclear safety

The mainland and Taiwan agreed yesterday to co-operate more closely on nuclear safety and preparedness for disaster in the wake of the meltdowns at a Japanese power plant in March.

But top negotiators from both sides, meeting in Tianjin, failed to sign an investment protection pact. Negotiations on the pact would top the agenda at the next rounds of talks, they said.

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing urges Taipei to allow agency bureaus

Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office has urged Taipei to allow semi-official mainland agencies to set up permanent bureaus on the island to enhance cross-strait ties, just weeks after expressing its anger at US arms sales to Taiwan.

11 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Island's top negotiator hopeful that summit will not be delayed

The fourth cross-strait summit will hopefully be held by November as scheduled, Taiwan's top negotiator with the mainland said yesterday.

26 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Taiwanese firms on mainland need Beijing's help, says envoy

Taiwan's top envoy to the mainland hopes Beijing will provide substantial support to Taiwanese businesses operating on the mainland, after Beijing unveiled an economic co-operation package last year to help the island weather the financial crisis.

8 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Cross-strait energy ties high on agenda

The mainland and Taiwan may open discussions on joint oil and gas exploration when their top negotiators meet in October, a Taiwanese newspaper reported yesterday.

29 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Ma hails cross-strait talks and urges more dialogue

The resumption of cross-strait talks was history in the making, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday, calling for more dialogue to increase exchanges and improve relations between the island and Beijing.

15 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Top Taiwan negotiator chosen

Beijing has invited Yan Mingfu, the former head of the United Front Work Department and an aide of ousted party boss Zhao Ziyang, to become the mainland's chief negotiator with Taiwan, according to a source.

30 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Cross-strait envoys meet after six-year suspension

Taiwanese and mainland officials involved in cross-strait affairs finally met in Taipei yesterday, six years after Beijing suspended talks with the island in 1999.

3 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Top envoy seeks cross-strait talks

Beijing's chief cross-strait negotiator yesterday called for a resumption of reunification talks with Taiwan as soon as possible, the China News Service reported.

Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits chairman Wang Daohan said it was time for Beijing and Taiwan to resume the long-stalled dialogue based upon the 'one China' consensus reached in 1992.

17 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Splendid China online

A Web site, Splendid Chinese Culture, has been launched with a $45 million grant from the Quality Education Fund. The site,, provides information on the mainland suitable for secondary school students. Top Chinese advisers include Wang Daohan, chairman of Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits.

3 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Beijing steps up drive for reunification

Beijing has intensified its reunification drive by inviting a senior Taiwanese negotiator to visit the mainland early next month.

This is regarded as the Chinese leadership's first Taiwan-related initiative since last week's Sino-American summit.

7 Nov 1997 - 12:00am