Chen Yunlin

Former cross-strait negotiator Chen Yunlin visits 'old friends' in Taiwan

Chen Yunlin in 2011. Photo: AFP

The mainland's former top cross-strait negotiator Chen Yunlin arrived in Taipei yesterday for an eight-day visit, his first since retiring as head of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (Arats) on April 26.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013, 11:13am

Taiwanese legislators threaten to block cross-strait investment protection pact

Taiwanese legislators threaten to block cross-strait investment protection pact

Taiwan's opposition parties have threatened to block a newly signed cross-strait investment protection pact, saying it fails to address people's needs and expectations.

Legislators from the Democratic Progressive Party said on Friday they would not let the "highly disappointing" agreement be passed in the legislature.

13 Aug 2012 - 9:04am

DPP fails to appear at anti-mainland protests

Taiwan's main opposition party, known for its pro-independence stance, was absent yesterday from protests that greeted the mainland's top negotiator upon his arrival to the island.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:16pm

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

Talking points

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20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Way ahead looks rough for next cross-strait talks

Although three days of talks between Beijing and Taipei yielded an agreement on medical co-operation, the more important investment protection pact was left unsigned.

And Chen Yunlin, the mainland's top negotiator in these talks, acknowledged yesterday that the road ahead would be bumpy for the two sides.

23 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Trade pact has 'flowers and thorns'

The landmark tariff-reduction trade pact between the mainland and Taiwan was only a framework and both sides should expect 'flowers and thorns' when hammering out details in future, the mainland's chief representative said yesterday.

1 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Cross-strait airfares to be cut in bid to boost travel

Cross-strait airfares would be slashed by 10 to 15 per cent as authorities on the mainland and in Taiwan moved to boost already booming bilateral tourism, the mainland's aviation chief said yesterday.

21 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Green light for cross-strait trade talks

Taiwan and the mainland are edging closer to a trade pact that would cut tariffs and help clear the way for political dialogue.

Behind layers of protective barbed wire, top negotiators from Taipei and Beijing decided yesterday to discuss the Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement in their next round of talks.

23 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Taiwan, mainland to hold investment forum

Taiwan and the mainland will hold an investment forum on the sidelines of next month's cross-strait summit.

Beijing was expected to send a delegation of business leaders to the forum, which will help them better understand the island's rules and identify investment possibilities, Taiwanese officials said yesterday.

4 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Agriculture, trade on cross-strait talks agenda

Taiwan and the mainland will discuss agricultural and trade issues in their fourth summit in late December, giving a further boost to cross-strait relations.

The summit will be held in the central Taiwanese city of Taichung, avoiding politically sensitive Kaohsiung - a major base for pro-independence supporters in southern Taiwan.

15 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Pact an important step to fight organised crime

Cross-strait relations have been progressing at a phenomenal rate since Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou took office a little less than a year ago. The signing of a new round of agreements yesterday marked an important step in cementing those ties. Among these is a breakthrough deal to launch joint crime-fighting efforts to crack down on cross-strait crime.

27 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Nanjing to host third cross-strait talks today

Taiwan and the mainland hold their third summit today in Nanjing to further boost cross-strait economic and judicial co-operation.

On the eve of the summit, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday said the high-level dialogue not only helps increase trust, but is vital to the island's survival.

25 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Cross-strait links to be further expanded

Nanjing will this month host the third summit between Taiwan and the mainland on the expansion of cross-strait links.

19 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Free-trade pact not on agenda yet

Beijing and Taipei will hold a new round of talks this week to prepare for the third cross-strait summit, but a plan to sign a free-trade pact has hit a snag on the island.

'The preparatory talks for the third summit will be held in Taipei this Saturday for one day,' said Lai Shin-yuan, chairwoman of the Mainland Affairs Council, Taiwan's top mainland policy planning body.

15 Apr 2009 - 12:00am