ARATS president Chen Deming. (Photo/CNS)
Chen Deming, president of China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, will focus on gaining a deeper understanding of Taiwan's trade and economic sectors when he visits later this month, a spokesman for ARATS' counterpart in Taiwan said Wednesday.
Straits Exchange Foundation spokesman Ma Shaw-chang said Chen, who has an economics degree and was China's minister of commerce from 2007-2013, is interested in expanding trade cooperation between the two sides.
Chen and his delegation of business managers are scheduled to visit five seaports as well as Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, which are all part of Taiwan's free economic pilot zone, Ma said.
The harbors are Keelung, Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung, and Suao in Yilan county, which along with the airport, began operating in August under the government's free economic pilot zone project that is aimed at boosting Taiwan's economic growth.
During his trip, Chen will also visit science parks in Hsinchu and Taichung, Chinese invested companies, and Taiwan firms that have operations in China, SEF chairman Lin Join-sane said earlier in the day.
The SEF and ARATS are semi-official organizations that handle negotiations between Taiwan and China in the absence of formal ties.