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Beijing says MAC chief to visit mainland in Feb.

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) yesterday confirmed that Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) will be visiting China from Feb. 11-14, and will meet with China's TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍).

The TAO announced that Wang and his entourage will visit Nanjing and Shanghai during his trip, and that the meeting with Zhang will be centered on discussions regarding cross-strait relations.

According to a United Daily News report on Monday, Wang will be meeting Zhang shortly after he arrives in Nanjing. Wang will pay a visit to the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing the next day and deliver a speech at Nanjing University.

Wang's itinerary in Shanghai includes a visit to a school for children of Taiwanese expatriates and attending a seminar with Chinese academics that specialize in Taiwan affairs.

Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), executive director of the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Policy Committee, called for Wang to explain the intention behind his slated visit during a press conference yesterday, saying that the entire proceeding of the Wang-Zhang meet will have to be open to all, the contents based on the sovereign rights of Taiwan and inspected by the Legislative Yuan.

Wu continued that Wang should be talking about people's rights to freedom, re-negotiating the cross-strait service trade pact, reaching a consensus on food safety rules in both Taiwan and China and both sides' joint efforts in tracking criminals.

Wu also noted that topics which should be regarded as taboo are the "one China" policy, ending the hostility from both sides, the signing of a peace treaty, establishing a trust policy between militaries and uniting Taiwan with China.

If inappropriate political topics are to be discussed in the upcoming Wang-Zhang meeting, the Ma administration should hold a referendum for the people to vote on whether the meeting should proceed; a suggestion which was proposed by President Ma Ying-jeou during his campaign for president, Wu added.

"The DPP will not oppose the possibility of normalizing the relationship between Taiwan and China if the two governments associate without a set structure and cast aside all obstacles," said Wu.

Taiwan Does Not Belong to China: DPP

Before embarking on his trip, Wang should declare that Taiwan is an independent country and that it does not belong to the People's Republic of China, Wu said, and "he should also explain to the people about his visit and not conceal anything he said during the visit."

Wu also called for the Chinese government to release the human rights activists it had imprisoned.

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