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EU Presidency Statement on re-establishment of dialogue between authorized non-governmental organizations engaged in talks on issues related to exchanges across the Taiwan Strait

The EU Presidency warmly welcomes the re-established dialogue between the China mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait and the Taiwan-based Strait Exchange Foundation in Beijing on 12 June. The talks, revived after almost ten years, represent a significant step towards closer relations and the establishment of trust between both sides.

The Presidency is also pleased to note the arrangement on direct charter flights and on the exchange of tourist visits at weekends, which will contribute significantly to the strengthening of friendly ties between the people of mainland China and Taiwan, and to the development of economic, cultural and social ties.

The Presidency hopes that these steps will encourage all concerned to pursue a vision for long-term peaceful political and economic development of the region.


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Date: 13.06.2008