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Taiwan, China officials to meet at APEC meeting: reports.

TAIPEI, July 14 Kyodo

Taiwan's Economic Affairs Minister Yiin Chii-ming will meet with Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting next week, with the two ministers discussing plans for a partial free trade agreement between Taiwan and China, local media said Tuesday.

On the sidelines of the July 21-22 APEC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Trade in Singapore, Yiin plans to ''exchange views'' with Chen on the two sides' bid to hammer out an economic cooperation framework agreement, or ECFA, Taiwan's Central News Agency and Economic Daily News reported.

Yiin and Taiwanese Premier Liu Chao-hsiuan told reporters in a Taipei press conference on Tuesday that Taiwanese and Chinese negotiators would begin formal talks on the economic accord in October. ''The timeline for ECFA negotiations has not changed,'' Yiin said.

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou began a push for signing an ECFA with China in February in a bid to piggyback on China's growth and lessen Taiwan's economic woes by boosting trade across the Taiwan Strait. The bid is part of Taipei's renewed engagement with Beijing as part of Ma's policy to improve cross-strait relations.
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Date:Jul 20, 2009
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