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China 'rude' at cross-strait forum: cultural minister

TAIPEI -- The minister of culture accused China yesterday of being “unilateral” and “rude” in comments she made on a proposal offered by China at a cross-Taiwan Strait media forum late last month.

“If Beijing is sincere in promoting mutual trust and exchanges between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, it should not do such a thing again,” said Lung Ying-tai.

Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi said the forum was organized by Beijing's CCTV, and the six-point proposal was announced by China unilaterally without full discussion or voting by the representatives of more than 70 Chinese and Taiwanese media outlets attending the forum.

The MAC therefore refused to recognize what Beijing described as a so-called “joint” proposal, Wang said.

At issue was the forum held Dec. 22 in Beijing and the proposal read at the end of the gathering, which included pushing for cross-strait media to reciprocally set up long-term offices on each side, as well as a cross-strait media club.

Both Lung and Wang made the remarks when they were invited to give a report on the forum at a legislative committee meeting.

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