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China, Taiwan envoys to meet, sign pacts next week.

TAIPEI, Aug. 1 Kyodo

High-level Chinese and Taiwanese officials will meet in Taipei next week to ink agreements on investment protection and customs cooperation, Taiwan's semi-official agency for handling ties with Beijing said Wednesday.

The Straits Exchange Foundation said in a statement that the eighth round of cross-strait talks between SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung and his Chinese counterpart, Chen Yunlin, head of China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, will take place in Taipei on Aug. 8 and 9.

Chen will then travel to Hualien on the eastern coast of the island on Aug. 10 before he returns to China on Aug. 11.

The meeting was originally scheduled for the first half of this year. However, it has been postponed due to differences over crucial details of the planned investment pact.

The two sides have held six high-level talks and signed 16 agreements since President Ma Ying-jeou was first elected in 2008 on a platform of seeking friendlier ties with China.
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Date:Aug 6, 2012
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