21 Feb '11, 12am

Taiwan, China set for historic trade meeting

TAIPEI: Deputy trade ministers from Taiwan and China will meet on the island this week in what is being hailed as a significant step forward in the normalisation of ties between the former rivals. "It is the first time in more than 60 years that representatives from the two sides will meet on a platform jointly endorsed by their governments," said Timothy Huang, a spokesman for the Straits Exchange Foundation. The foundation is a quasi-official body authorised by the Taiwanese government to handle civil contacts with the mainland. "The meeting is of special significance," Huang told AFP. Taipei and Beijing launched a new body, the Economic Cooperation Committee, last month to deal with economic issues arising from a sweeping trade pact forged last year. China's deputy commerce minister Jiang Zengwei and his Taiwanese counterpart Liang Kuo-hsin will hold the committee's fir...

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