Straits Exchange Foundation

Beijing and Taipei plan exchange of government officials

Offshore yuan trading started in Taiwan yesterday. Photo: EPA

The two sides would also not rule out the possibility of issuing travel permits and granting each other's representatives something similar to the immunity from prosecution enjoyed by foreign diplomats, a senior Taiwanese official said yesterday, but that would be the next step for discussion after the establishment of the offices.

Thursday, 7 February, 2013, 5:16am

Beijing leaders need to understand Taiwanese feelings, expert says

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou.

The Communist Party's new leadership should ponder why more Taiwanese are unhappy despite the sweeteners Beijing has offered Taiwan under the Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement, said the former head of a key Taipei-based cross-strait exchange body.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:29am 2 comments

Taiwan's mainland envoy forgoes visit to ancestral home

Lin Join-sane is so low-profile, even scholars of cross-strait affairs know little about his background. Photo: SMP

Taiwan's new top mainland affairs negotiator, Lin Join-sane, did not visit his ancestral hometown in Fujian on his first trip to the mainland, which ends today.

21 Oct 2012 - 4:23am

Taiwan’s new top negotiator plans first China visit

Lin Join-sane, new head of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), speaks at a press conference in Taipei on September 27. Photo: Xinhua

Taiwan’s new top China negotiator plans to visit the mainland soon, his first trip there since he took over the job, to discuss swapping representative offices, officials and media reports said on Friday.

12 Oct 2012 - 3:01pm

Talking points

Taiwan's semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation chairman Chiang Pin-kung

New chief for Taiwan's cross-strait forum

27 Sep 2012 - 2:27am

Taipei demands justice after mainland mugging

Taiwan vowed yesterday to protect the rights of a Taiwanese businessman whose hand was allegedly slashed so badly during a visit to Fujian province last week that it had to be amputated.

11 Nov 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

KMT official thanks Taiwanese in Shanghai on warming visit

Chiang Pin-kung, a vice-chairman of Taiwan's Kuomintang, arrived in Shanghai yesterday on the first stop of a four-day visit to the mainland that signals improving relations across the strait.

25 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Proposal for private strait talks downplayed

A Beijing scholar yesterday downplayed moves by Taiwan officials to amend legislation to allow private groups to take part in cross-strait negotiations.

Professor Zhu Xianlong, of Beijing Union University, said he feared officials in Taipei would continue to influence negotiations regardless of proposed law changes.

29 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Taiwan works towards easing economic climate with Tung meeting

Taiwan's dialogue with the new SAR Government should get a jump start from tomorrow's planned meeting between Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and the chairman of Taipei's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), Koo Chen-foo.

Mr Koo, who witnessed the ceremony on Monday marking the sovereignty transfer, announced the planned meeting yesterday afternoon.

2 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Taipei agrees to further non-official Beijing talks

TAIWAN and China have agreed to hold another set of non-official discussions in Beijing from January 21 to 27, a spokesman for Taipei's Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF) said yesterday.

8 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Denial over Hong Kong office

AN OFFICIAL of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) denied yesterday it has been pushing the island's Cabinet to set up an office in Hong Kong before 1997.

Shih Chi-ping, deputy secretary-general of the SEF, denied press reports which claimed the foundation had urged Taiwan's Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) to consider the feasibility of opening the office.

23 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Progress over hijackers

CHINA and Taiwan have made progress on the issue of repatriating airline hijackers and stowaways across the Taiwan Strait, but differences of opinion remain, according to reports from both sides.

24 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Beijing moves to soothe Taipei

CHINA'S top Taiwan affairs official said yesterday the relationship between Beijing and Taipei should not regress despite Beijing's efforts to block Taipei's bid to enter the UN and Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui's visit to the Asian Games.

30 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

SEF expansion 'not needed'

A TAIWAN official in charge of mainland affairs said yesterday it was unlikely that the semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) would be given greater power when dealing with Beijing.

Kao Koong-lian, vice-chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) under the Executive Yuan, said he did not anticipate many changes in the function of the SEF.

15 Sep 1994 - 12:00am