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Taiwan Presidential Office prefers SEF-ARATS model for cross-strait talks

Taiwan Presidential Office prefers SEF-ARATS model for cross-strait talks

The Presidential Office has rejected former President Lee Teng-hui's proposal for Taiwan to start government-to-government talks with China rather than negotiating through quasi-official bodies.
Spokesman Wang Yu-chi said Saturday the office respects Lee's opinion but thinks the existing model in which talks are conducted through Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) is "the best arrangement at the current stage."
In a speech delivered to a forum held by Taiwan Advocates earlier the same day, Lee said such a model should be scrapped because the SEF, with its limited authority, is incapable of handling the complex political, economic, social and security issues across the Taiwan Strait.
Instead, Lee said, Taipei should seek to enter government-to-government talks with Beijing to highlight Taiwan's status as a sovereign state.
On Lee's denial of the existence of the "1992 consensus" between Taiwan and China, Wang pointed out that the consensus was confirmed by Chinese President Hu Jintao during a conversation with U.S.President George W. Bush on March 26.
Also, the existence of such a consensus, which allows the two sides to agree to disagree on the definition of "one China," was what made possible a series of negotiations between the SEF and the ARATS in the 1990s, Wang said.


Updated : 2021-10-20 12:03 GMT+08:00