Taiwan, China sign pacts on sharing weather, seismic data
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan and China signed agreements on meteorology and earthquake monitoring on Thursday, in yet another sign of improving ties between the former rivals.
The pacts brought to 21 the number inked since 2008 when Mr Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan's China-friendly Kuomintang party came to power pledging to strengthen trade and tourism links. He was re-elected in 2012.
"The agreements signed have effectively promoted economic, social and well-being cooperation between the two sides, following the trends and meeting the aspirations of the people," Chinese negotiator Chen Deming said in Taipei.
Under the deals penned, China and Taiwan, which are both prone to natural disasters, will share seismic data in a bid to better safeguard against devastating quakes.