Zheng Lizhong, convener of the ECC on the mainland and executive vice president of ARATS
, and Jiang Yaoping, the mainland's chief negotiator for the ECC, will lead a mainland delegation to attend the ECC meeting.
and SEF delegations, joined by officials from Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs who led the negotiations, met Monday afternoon to discuss Tuesday's business that will include a morning session to approve the document and an afternoon signing ceremony.
Executive Vice-President Zheng Lizhong said the ECFA will be a landmark in cross-Straits relations, signaling a new stage in the ARATS
Speaking at the same news conference, ARATS
Vice President Zheng Lizhong affirmed Kao's remarks, saying, ''Both sides have an interest in an ECFA, and views and opinions to be exchanged will definitely be positive.
Protesters plan to shadow ARATS
chief Chen Yunlin, who is scheduled to arrive Monday, throughout his five-day visit to the island.
and SEF are authorized by the mainland and Taiwan to handle cross-Strait exchanges.
The official confirmed that the terms of the BIA have been mutually finalized; moreover, Chen of ARATS
will arrive in Taiwan on August 8 to meet his Taiwanese counterpart the following day to sign the agreement and the Cross-Strait Customs Cooperation Agreement at the Grand Hotel in Taipei.
Neither SEF nor ARATS
elaborated on the date of the talks, which will focus on hammering out a bilateral partial free trade pact and other trade and economic exchange issues.
Zheng Lizhong, vice chairman of ARATS
, reported that the meeting of cross-Strait economic cooperation committees will review the implementation of ECFA, the progress in the works of the committees' six working task forces, and mutual effort in servicing investors from both sides.
He designates government-level contacts, or those between Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation, or SEF, a semi-governmental agency, and its Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, or ARATS
, as the ''first track.
Chen Yunlin, chief of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, ARATS
, China's semiofficial agency in charge of relations with Taiwan, and Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of ARATS
' counterpart in Taiwan, will meet Thursday, an SEF official said by phone Monday, requesting anonymity because of press rules.
China's top envoy for Taiwan, Chen Yunlin, who heads the Association of Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, or ARATS
, will visit Taipei on Nov.