First cross-straits chiefs meeting in 65 years takes place in Nanjing

Zhang Zhijun (right), head of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, and Wang Yu-chi (left), Taiwan’s mainland affairs chief at the formal meeting in Nanjing on February 11, 2014

On February 11, Wang Yu-chi, Taiwan’s mainland affairs chief and Zhang Zhijun, head of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office met formally in Nanjing. This was the first official meeting of cross-strait affairs chiefs since 1949.

According to Xinhua, both sides agreed to establish a mechanism of regular communication and contact between two official organizations. This meeting is considered an important breakthrough in promoting cross-strait relations and may lead to regular exchanges of visits in the future.

The two sides agreed to push forward follow-up agreements to the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement; allow two non-governmental organizations – Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits and its Taiwan counterpart the Straits Exchange Foundation – to exchange representative offices “as early as possible”; and try to settle a health insurance issue for college exchange students.  

Links and sources (新华网): 张志军与王郁琦会面并达成积极共识 (人民网): Cross-Strait affairs chiefs hold first formal meeting