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Taiwanese media executives meet China's Taiwan affairs chief

Taiwanese media executives meet China's Taiwan affairs chief

Beijing, Aug. 14 (CNA) A delegation of media heavyweights from Taiwan met Wednesday with Zhang Zhijun, director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, during a visit to China's capital. During the meeting, Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Lin Join-sane, who led the delegation, touted the role of news media in maintaining peace across the Taiwan Strait. Lin said that Taiwan is a free and democratic society that respects the rule of law and human rights, where any voices of the people are faithfully conveyed via the media to help the government make the right policies. Media reporting of opinions also help people make wise choices, he said, adding that it is through such reporting that people have chosen peace over confrontation in cross-Taiwan Strait relations. With cross-strait exchanges increasing, more than 10 Taiwanese news organizations have posted correspondents in China, while a similar number of Chinese news organizations have had representatives in Taiwan, he said. Lin noted that from Aug. 1, one-year multiple-entry visas have been issued to Chinese journalists posted in Taiwan. Agreeing with Lin, Zhang said media has been moving ahead of cross-strait ties, playing the important role of a harbinger and contributing greatly to the thawing of cross-strait tensions. However, Zhang admitted that there is still considerable room for cooperation between media on either side to resolve the remaining problems facing cross-strait relations. He also expressed concern that the controversy in Taiwan over the recent service trade agreement with China may affect their negotiations on an agreement on trade in goods. In response, Lin said Taiwan is a pluralistic society, in which people tend to have various opinions on issues. It is therefore necessary to seek consensus through communication, he said. Also during the meeting, CNA President Fan Hsiang-lin said cross-strait journalist exchanges are still lagging behind exchanges in other areas. He urged Beijing to allow longer duration of stays and visa-on-arrival treatment for Taiwanese correspondents posted in China. The Taiwanese delegation, which arrived in Beijing Tuesday, will also visit Jinzhou, Shenyang and Dalian in the northeastern province of Liaoning before returning to Taiwan Aug. 18. (By Lawrence Chiu and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-07-26 11:21 GMT+08:00