Chen's visit marks the first ever meeting between leaders of the ARATS and Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) in Taiwan. On Tuesday morning, Chen is expected to hold talks with SEF chairman Chiang Pin-kung, the second meeting between them in less than six months. They are to discuss cross-straits direct shipping, air transport, postal services, food safety and tourism, Chen said in a written speech after landing at the Taoyuan International Airport. The two organizations would also host seminars for experts to exchange views on financial cooperation to withstand the international financial crisis, he said. Chen said he believed that to solve differences through consultations, to replace confrontation with cooperation, to promote interaction between ARATS and SEF and to seek win-win relations across the straits will gain the support of the majority of the Taiwan compatriots. He said both the Chinese mainland and Taiwan are facing grim economic challenges given the financial crisis and slow-down in the growth of the world economy. "It is imperative that the two sides join to help each other to cope," he said. Chen also extended greetings to Taiwan people and expressed gratitude to those who made efforts to make the landmark visit possible. He said the meeting would mark an important step in the development of cross-straits relations. "The step is not easy and is a crystallization of the joint efforts of many compatriots across the straits."
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Mία ιστορική επίσκεψη, μιας και η Τaiwan μέχρι σήμερα επεδίωκε την αυτονόμηση της , ενώ η Κίνα την θεωρεί Κινεζική επαρχία. Το θέμα ξεκίνησε μετα την φυγή του υποχωρούντος Chiang Kai shek , μετα την επανάσταση του ΜΑΟ στο νησί , το οποίο βρίσκεται έκτοτε σε ιδιόρυθμο καθεστώς.
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