Lien visiting China in private capacity: MAC
CNATAIPEI--The head of Taiwan's top China policymaking body said yesterday that ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chairman Lien Chan's visit to China is private in nature, downplaying Lien's prediction that political dialogue between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait will become unavoidable in the future.
February 27, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) head Wang Yu-chi told reporters on the sidelines of a legislative meeting that from the government's perspective, Lien's visit is in a private capacity, adding that the Presidential Office has also said that Lien was not given any specific tasks during his visit.
The public should avoid “over-interpreting” Lien's interactions with Chinese leaders, according to Wang.
Lien told Chinese President Hu Jintao during a Tuesday meeting in Beijing that promoting mutual trust at the political, social, economic, psychological and cultural levels is a “very important political project” for Taipei and Beijing, according to a statement released by Lien's office.
“I personally believe that cross-strait political dialogue and negotiations will be an unavoidable issue in the future,” Lien was quoted as saying.
Lien, a former vice president, arrived in Beijing Sunday for a four-day visit.
He met Monday with China's new top leader, Xi Jinping, becoming the first senior KMT politician to meet Xi since he became general secretary of the Communist Party of China in November.