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Taiwanese, Chinese must see each other on equal level: OCAC

More contacts seen between overseas Chinese

Taiwanese, Chinese must see each other on equal level: OCAC

With the increased warming of cross-Taiwan Strait ties, more interaction is also being seen among overseas civic groups that traditionally comprise either Taiwanese or Chinese expatriates, Minister of Overseas Compatriots Commission Wu Ying-yih (吳英毅) said yesterday.
"With the Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) administration as the new government, there has been an obvious and gradual warming of cross-strait ties. Therefore, the interaction between overseas Chinese groups from Taiwan and China has also increased," said Wu at the opening of the 4th Conference of Global Overseas Compatriots.
"We are very happy to see this, as our work is to promote harmony in the interactions among overseas Chinese communities," Wu added.
The Conference of Global Overseas Compatriots is a meeting of overseas Chinese that is held annually by the Overseas Compatriots Affairs Commission (OCAC) .
"The thawing of ties between expatriate groups from Taiwan and China has also seen many cases of cooperation between these groups in jointly organizing activities," said Wu. "However, the position of the OCAC remains that such interactions must see each side as having equal status."
He pointed out that in the past, the political tension across the Taiwan Strait meant that overseas Chinese from Taiwan and China have tended not to interact with each other, with some communities even at odds with each other.
"Globalization is the trend. Overseas Chinese are increasing their participation in international activities. The role of OCAC is to act as a bridge between different overseas Chinese communities, assisting them in cultural and economic activities," said Wu.
The OCAC is a Cabinet-level organization that is mainly responsible for handling overseas compatriot affairs, which includes education, culture and trade.