MAC apprehensive as delegation heads to cross-strait forum

Mainland Affairs Council reiterates regulations ahead of delegation's participation in Straits Forum

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Former Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyn.

Former Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyn. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Spokesperson Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said on Friday (Sept. 11) that the Kuomintang (KMT) needs to explain the purpose and details of its delegation to the Straits Forum.

The delegation is led by former Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平). Chiu said the council may ask for a meeting with Wang upon his return from the event.

The council held a regular press conference on Friday and answered questions about the delegation taking part in the 12th Straits Forum in Xiamen, China. Chiu said the council urges the delegation to pay attention to regulations and to understand the complexity and sensitivity of cross-strait relations, CNA reported.

When asked about the number of people applying to travel to China to participate in the forum, Chiu responded that so far, he has only received applications from Wu Cheng-tien (吳成典), former deputy magistrate of Kinmen County and chairman of the New Party. No applications from local government officials have been received.

Chiu said that in accordance with Article 9 of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, government officials, including mayors, security officials, administrative officials, and heads of counties and cities are required to have government permission in order to travel to China. They must submit an application to the Ministry of the Interior to be considered by an inter-ministerial review committee before they can leave.

When asked to confirm whether MAC Chairman Chen Ming-tung (陳明通) had called Wang to discuss the China trip, Chiu retorted, "This is not factual." He emphasized that after the council had expressed its stance on the Straits Forum, Chen called Wang to explain that the regulations were not aimed at him.

The council has previously proposed three Straits Forum restrictions:

  1. China is forbidden from conducting activities related to the event in Taiwan.
  2. Central government personnel are not allowed to participate.
  3. Taiwanese government attendees cannot participate in activities that deny the existence of the "Republic of China” or promote "one country, two systems."