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PacNet #58 – Another Step toward Better Cross-Strait Ties

Chinese and Taiwanese are holding their breaths this week as Chen Yulin makes a five- day visit to Taipei. As head of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS, the semi-official body in Beijing that manages relations with Taipei; its Taiwanese counterpart is the Straits Exchange Foundation, or SEF), Chen is the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit Taiwan since 1949.