Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits

Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits
Formation December 16, 1991 (1991-12-16)
Type NGO
Purpose Mainland relations with Taiwan
Headquarters Beijing, China
Official language
Simplified Chinese
Zhang Zhijun
Vice President
Sun Yafu[1]
Ye kedong
Li Yafei
Jiang yaopin

The Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS; Chinese: 海峡两岸关系协会; pinyin: Hǎixiá Liǎng'àn Guānxì Xiéhuì; often abbreviated as 海协会 / 海協會) is an organization set up by the People's Republic of China for handling technical or business matters with the Republic of China (Taiwan).

The ROC counterpart to ARATS is the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF).

The foundation's founding chairman was former Shanghai mayor Wang Daohan, honorary chairman Rong Yiren. Negotiations with SEF stopped in 1999, and after Wang's death in 2005, no new chair was appointed until 2008. Following the election of Ma Ying-jeou to the presidency of the Republic of China on Taiwan, talks between ARATS and SEF have restarted and progress was made in the areas of transport and economy such as the Three links in 2008 and Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement in 2010. Chen Yunlin, who was formerly head of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, was the head of ARATS from 2008 to 2013. He has met his counterpart Chiang Pin-kung in 2008.[2]

List of presidents

Wang Daohan1991–2005
Chen Yunlin2008–2013
Chen Deming2013–2018
Zhang Zhijun 2018–present

See also


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