China visit under evaluation: MAC head
CNATAIPEI -- Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) chief Wang Yu-chi said Wednesday that a plan for him to visit China and his Chinese counterpart to visit Taiwan is still being evaluated.
October 17, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Related details will only be released after further discussion with the Chinese side, Wang said while attending a committee meeting in the Legislative Yuan.
He expressed confidence that in arranging such visits, the issue of their official titles should not be a problem, given the precedent set at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
Wang and Zhang Zhijun, director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), met Oct. 6 on the sidelines of the 2013 APEC forum in Bali and greeted each other by their official titles.
The MAC saw the development as a breakthrough in cross-Taiwan Strait relations and described it as a realization of the goal of “mutual non-denial” between the two sides.
During Wednesday's meeting, Wang was asked by a legislator to comment on a statement by TAO spokesman Yang Yi in which he said people were being “over-imaginative” by associating the Wang-Zhang meeting to “mutual non-denial” across the strait.
Wang criticized Yang's remarks as “unbecoming” and said he will convey his opinion to Beijing the next time he meets Zhang.
On a possible China trip by former Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, Wang said the MAC would follow the matter “with great interest and attention” if Tsai truly makes the visit.
According to ruling Kuomintang Legislator Wu Yu-sheng, Tsai is planning to visit China sometime between late October and November to attend a conference in her capacity as a scholar.