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Cross-Strait weather, earthquake pacts take effect


Agreements between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan to cooperate in meteorological and seismic monitoring took effect on Wednesday.


Both sides are ready to implement the two agreements, according to briefs exchanged between the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF).


The mainland and Taiwan will aim to jointly improve early warning and relief capacities, according to an ARATS statement.


The agreements were inked during ARATS-SEF talks on Feb. 27, 2014 in Taipei.


Under the seismic pact, the two sides agreed to share resources and cooperate in earthquake monitoring, publicity and education on disaster prevention, and personnel exchanges.


The meteorological pact covers cooperation in meteorological operations and technology, including information sharing, research and monitoring typhoons, rainstorms and other weather phenomena.


China is prone to earthquakes and extreme weather. Taiwan is located in a seismically active zone on the Pacific Ring of Fire, while the mainland also sits on several earthquake belts.


Source: Xinhua

Editor Hao Jing