Time could soon be ripe for cross-strait offices: Ma
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that the time is gradually getting ripe for the administration to set up cross-strait representative offices.
September 19, 2013, 12:25 am TWN
Ma said that the increase of cross-strait exchanges necessitates such offices, and that the offices themselves do not bear any special political significance and will not belittle the nation's integrity.
Taiwan has to move forward, and no matter which party is in power, the administration should strive to maximize the people's benefits, Ma said, adding that he hopes everyone can help facilitate a cross-strait mechanism that is beneficial to Taiwan and its future.
Ma made the comments at the Kuomintang's weekly Central Standing Committee meeting, in which Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) gave his report on cross-strait representative offices.
After hearing Wang's report, the president said that setting up the offices would mark a significant step in cross-strait relations, and that in light of cross-strait developments, not having such offices is becoming increasingly inconvenient for people on both sides of the strait.
Every year, approximately 8 million people travel across the strait, while the trade volume between Taiwan and mainland China has reached more than US$160 billion, the president explained, adding that cross-strait investment currently stands at US$150 billion.