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Trade talks with mainland may be postponed again

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's negotiations with China on a merchandise trade agreement, originally set to resume in late August, may be postponed to early September, Vice Economics Minister Cho Shih-chao (卓士昭) said Wednesday.

Beijing has indicated that it may have problems completing its preparations for talks by the end of August, according to Cho.

If that turns out to be the case, the talks will have to be put off until early September, he said.

The negotiations, which had been scheduled for late April, were put on hold following protests that erupted in Taiwan in March over the trade-in-services pact Taipei and Beijing signed in 2013.

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