Lin Join-sane (L), chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), greets Chen Deming, president of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), at the Grand Hotel in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan, Feb. 27, 2014. It was the 10th round talks between ARATS and SEF since they resumed talks in 2008. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaoyong)
TAIPEI, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Chief negotiators from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan on Thursday morning began the 10th round of cross-Strait talks, centering on two agreements regarding cooperation in meteorological and seismic monitoring. < Chen Deming, president of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Lin Join-sane, chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), delivered speeches at the meeting.
Chen said the mainland and Taiwan, both prone to meteorological disasters and earthquakes, should establish a close cooperation mechanism.
Taiwan is located in a seismically active zone on the Pacific Ring of Fire, while the mainland also sits on several earthquake zones. Both are also subject to the wrath of typhoons, with last year's Usagi forcing evacuations in Taiwan and leaving 30 people dead in Guangdong Province on the mainland.
Chen recalled how people from the two sides had extended helping hands to each other during deadly disasters, including the 1999 Taiwan earthquake and the 2008 earthquake that hit Sichuan on the mainland, while highlighting efforts in disaster prevention.
"To our delight, the two sides' meteorological and seismic authorities, having taken into mind the people's well-being and the safety of lives and property, have reached consensus on the contents of the agreement with great efficiency," he said.
Lin said the 1992 Consensus, which stresses the One China principle, laid the foundation for the resumption of the ARATS-SEF talks in 2008, which has produced 19 agreements so far. The two sides should cherish the peace and economic and social booms brought by these talks.
The new agreements aim to build a communication channel for the two sides to exchange information in a timely manner to improve monitoring and protect people's lives when disasters hit, according to Lin.
The signing of the two agreements is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
Founded in 1991 and 1990, respectively, the ARATS and SEF are authorized by the mainland and Taiwan to handle cross-Strait negotiations and the signing of agreements.