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Cross-strait meeting to share seismic, weather information set: CWB

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Central Weather Bureau (CWB) Chief Shin Tzay-chyn (辛在勤) said yesterday that after signing cross-strait meteorological and earthquake monitoring cooperation protocols, a meeting will be arranged for two or three months later to discuss further details regarding the initiation of a meteorological information exchange.

The 10th meeting between the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF, 海峽交流基金會) and the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS, 海峽兩岸關係協會) will take place in Taipei from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28. During the meeting, there will be a chance to sign the two cross-strait data exchange agreements.

According to the Mainland Affairs Council, the only authority involved in the accord will be the CWB, in accordance with the Meteorological Act and Organic Act. The data exchanged will not be related to any sensitive issue such as technology, national security or personnel training.

Shin said that after the protocol becomes effective, both sides can better monitor earthquakes in the Taiwan Strait as well as better forecast meteorological phenomena so that the life and property of people from both sides can be more secure in the future.

In addition, Shin said they will hold conferences after the agreement becomes effective and establish a specialist team in order to begin the information exchange.

According to the CWB, since Taiwan is adjacent to mainland China, meteorological systems between the two are closely related to each other. For example, cold air masses always come from mainland China in the winter. Meanwhile, typhoons will first pass close to Taiwan before reaching mainland China in the summer. Therefore, if the CWB can get more meteorological information from mainland China, they can forecast the weather more accurately in the future, the CWB said.

As for the mainland air pollution problem, Shin said this topic is not included in the protocol they plan to sign. However, Shin stated that this problem will be further discussed by the appropriate authorities from both sides.

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