Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits
FormationDecember 16, 1991; 32 years ago (1991-12-16)
PurposeMainland relations with Taiwan
HeadquartersChina Beijing, China
Official language
Simplified Chinese
Zhang Zhijun
Vice President
Sun Yafu[1]
Ye Kedong
Li Yafei
Jiang Yaopin
Parent organization
Taiwan Affairs Office
AffiliationsChinese Communist Party Edit this at Wikidata

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 a united front organization set up by the Taiwan Affairs Office of the People's Republic of China for handling technical and business matters with Taiwan.[2][3]

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 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 Taiwan Affairs Office, was the head of ARATS from 2008 to 2013. He has met his counterpart Chiang Pin-kung in 2008.[4]

List of presidents

Zhang Zhijun, the incumbent President of ARATS.
Name Term
Wang Daohan 1991–2005
vacant 2005–2008
Chen Yunlin 2008–2013
Chen Deming 2013–April 2018
Zhang Zhijun April 2018–present

See also


  1. ^ "China advocates 'positive' approach to political talks - Taipei Times". April 29, 2013. Archived from the original on August 28, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2024.
  2. ^ Chang, Wu-ueh; Chao, Chien-min (September 1, 2009). "Managing Stability in the Taiwan Strait: Non-Military Policy towards Taiwan under Hu Jintao". Journal of Current Chinese Affairs. 38 (3): 98–118. doi:10.1177/186810260903800305. ISSN 1868-1026.
  3. ^ Madoka, Fukuda (July 3, 2022). "The characteristics of Xi Jinping's policy-making on Taiwan affairs: the conflict between institutionalization and centralization". Journal of Contemporary East Asia Studies. 11 (2): 244–263. doi:10.1080/24761028.2023.2177094. ISSN 2476-1028.
  4. ^ "Data" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on June 10, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2010.