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Dignity key to Taiwan's AIIB participation: Hsia

Taipei, May 23 (CNA) Mainland Affairs Council head Hsia Li-yan (???) raised the issue of Taiwan's participation in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) during his meeting with his Chinese counterpart Zhang Zhijun (???) in Kinmen on Saturday.
During a news conference held after the meeting, Hsia said he told Zhang that Taiwan has a very high interest in joining the AIIB, but Taiwan's participation must be realized under the principle of dignity and equality. "Without dignity and equality, we would rather not take part," Hsia said. Zhang said he welcomed Taiwan's participation and promised to relay Taiwan's position to Beijing, according to Hsia. "It (China) is very clear about our stance," Hsia said. Hsia said he also reiterated Taiwan's stance that China should take the feelings of Taiwan's people into serious consideration when formulating its National Security Act. A proposed revised version of the act says that ensuring the (Chinese) nation's unification is also the obligation of people in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The Mainland Affairs Council said the proposed act failed to recognize the fact that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are ruled by different governments and ignored the desire of Taiwan's people to maintain the political status quo. The council said it could not agree with the idea embodied in the act that Beijing might deal with Taiwan in ways other than through peaceful means. But Zhang replied that the proposed revision reflects Beijing's long-standing position, Hsia said. In a separate news conference, Ma Xiaoguang (???), a spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said Hsia and Zhang reached a consensus on allowing Chinese tourists to use Taiwan as a transit point to travel to other countries, beginning in the middle of this year. Ma also said the two sides are expected to sign an agreement on introducing fresh water from Xiamen to Kinmen "very soon." (By Zep Hu and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-23 05:18 GMT+08:00