Tuesday, July 17, 2012

ARATS-SEF summit now set for early August

l  Beijing and Taipei have apparently wrapped up the final phase of negotiations for the much-anticipated mutual investment protection agreement.

l  The plan remains to have the agreement signed at the next cross-Strait summit between China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) and Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) in Taipei.

l Since the pre-summit preparations will take approximately one month, the next ARATS-SEF summit is projected to take place, at the earliest, in early August.

l  As for the summit venue, it will probably again take place at Taipei's Grand Hotel, where the ARATS-SEF summit--the first one in Taiwan--was held in December 2008.

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