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
Xinhuanet.com (新华网): 张志军与王郁琦会面并达成积极共识
English.peopledaily.com.cn (人民网): Cross-Strait affairs chiefs hold first formal meeting