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MAC wants to learn more about office exchange reports

MAC wants to learn more about office exchange reports

Taipei, Jan. 28 (CNA) An official in charge of China affairs said Thursday that he would need to learn more before commenting on reports that a Chinese official has said the two cross-Taiwan Strait intermediary bodies should set up offices on each side of the Taiwan Strait.
Liu Teh-shun, vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) , was referring to reports by China News Service quoting Zheng Lizhong, vice president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) , as saying in an ARATS directors' meeting in Beijing that day that ARATS will study setting up offices in Taiwan, with its Taiwanese counterpart, the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), setting up offices in China.
The SEF and the ARATS are quasi-official bodies set up by their respective governments to deal with bilateral exchanges in the absence of formal ties.
Liu said he had not seen the report, but noted that cross-strait relations should be dealt with cautiously and that he would not comment before learning more about Zheng's statement.
"This is not an issue that has been previously talked about, " he added, saying also that Zheng had not formally conveyed such a standpoint to the SEF.
He said that during the first SEF-ARATS talks in Beijing in June 2008, China proposed that the China Travel Service (Hong Kong) should set up an office in Taiwan, to which SEF Vice Chairman Kao Koong-lian responded at the time that "the office could use the name of the SEF and ARATS." (By Kuo Mei-lan and Lilian Wu)




Updated : 2021-05-06 06:01 GMT+08:00