To facilitate the repatriation (1) of mainland Chinese stowaways (2) and illegal immigrants, Red Cross Society representatives from both Taiwan and China signed an agreement in Kinmen on Sept. 12, 1990. Known as the "Kinmen Agreement", this can be regarded as the first step toward cross-strait systematic integration which not only leads to the initiation of the subsequent "Koo-Wang Talks", but it also serves as one of the important basis for the conclusion (3) of cross-strait ECFA. After 20 years, the former representatives of the Red Cross Society will reunite (4) in Xiamen, then revisit Kinmen on September 21st. Kinmen Daily News, together with Xiamen Daily, will follow up this Xiamen-Kinmen tour closely as it is so meaningful in terms of (5) historical significance.
Twenty years ago the conclusion of the Kinmen Agreement opened a door to Cross-strait negotiations. Later, with the formation of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and Beijing's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), " Koo-Wang Talks" took place. It is also by far the longest cross-strait agreement, in terms of time.
National Quemoy University Chief Secretary, Chiu, Chui-Zheng (邱垂正), who once served on the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), stated that the "Kinmen Agreement is an important starting point for the negotiations between both sides of the strait to start administrative (6) issues such as functionalities, economics, and social affairs, and to reach agreements that will solve the problems in a flexible, sensible, and practical way."
To observe (7) the 20th anniversary of the establishment of this significant agreement, former Red Cross Societies C.V. Chen and Han, Chang-lin, and those who have witnessed the conclusion of this agreement, will return to Renai Guest House, where the agreement was signed, and set up a monument on September 21st.
●5. in terms of-就～而論；在～方面。
●6. administrative-(adj.)管理的、行政的。此處administrative issues即所謂「事務性」議題。