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Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits
FormationDecember 16, 1991; 31 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
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 an organization set up by the People's Republic of China for handling technical and 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

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.
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