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MAC vows to hold discussions with Legislature on direct links

MAC vows to hold discussions with Legislature on direct links

An official from the Mainland Affairs Council said yesterday that "the current regulations governing direct links across the Taiwan Strait serve as the easiest framework for regulating exchanges."
Yang Chia-chun, director of the MAC's Department of Legal Affairs, made the remark at a news briefing yesterday, stressing that the MAC will have thorough and complete dialogue with the Legislature so as to realize the "constructive aim of promoting direct links."
In explaining to the media the proposed revamping of the Statute Governing the Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, Yang noted that "the opening of direct transportation across the strait still has to be built on the basis of the navigation pact, which applies to other countries as well."
Yang explained that "whether aviation or navigation, it involves questions regarding routes, security, flags and even loss of luggage."
"And it all comes down to the need for both sides of the strait to sit down and talk about it," he added.
Reacting to the fact that the MAC did not make any amendments to the current regulations governing direct cross-strait links, a fact that generated dissatisfaction among the opposition parties, Yang said the MAC had come up with more than 10 versions of amendments. "However, after discussions with related agencies, we concluded that the current regulations would serve best," he said.
Yang further emphasized that the schedule for promoting the opening of direct links with China would not be affected by the fact that there has been no new amendment to the regulations.


Updated : 2021-08-05 22:42 GMT+08:00