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MAC, TAO chiefs meet in Nanjing

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) arrived in Nanjing yesterday and met with his mainland Chinese counterpart, Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Director Zhang Zhijun (張志軍).

Wang and Zhang referred to each other by their formal titles, setting a milestone in the history of cross-strait relations since the mid-20th century.

Given that both the R.O.C. and the PRC exercise a policy of not recognizing each other as a legitimate entity, semi-official organizations such as Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), which reports to the MAC, and mainland China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), which reports to the TAO, were created as windows for cross-strait exchange.

Prior to yesterday's meeting, Wang and Zhang met briefly last year at an APEC meeting in Bali in a “non-official” context.

Before departing for Nanjing, Wang told reporters that the MAC will not sign any agreements or memoranda of understanding with the TAO during his four-day visit.

In his opening statement in Nanjing, the minister said that cross-strait relations have opened a new chapter, with the heads of the MAC and the TAO being able to meet in a formal context to discuss issues that both the people of mainland China and Taiwan are concerned about.

That both MAC and TAO representatives are able to sit down and face each other pragmatically is a precious development virtually unimaginable in the past, Wang said.

The minister expressed the wish that both sides of the strait can continue to pursue an expansion of relations under the 1992 consensus.

February 12, 2014    detoxasia@
"That both MAC and TAO representatives are able to sit down and face each other pragmatically is a precious development virtually unimaginable in the past, Wang said.' This is wonderful news. I am sure you will find solutions that will build very good relationship for both of you, after all you are sisters and brothers. All the best.
February 12, 2014    binlim56@
I am a Chinese born and living in a foreign land. It is always my wish that Chinese from both sides will come to terms one day and re-unite our great motherland. We trust our leaders to settle this problem with all sincerity for the benefits of our children and our children's children. We should never again quarrel with each other as this may only benefits our enemies. We know who our enemies are and we know they are always hoping to see a fractured China as this will always benefit them. I will pray for our nation's greatness and regain back our rightful status in the world.
February 20, 2014    Leiduowen@
Is Taiwan's fate sealed already? So little is known about what was going on during these meetings! To the two Chinese guys commenting above: you don't know it but in Taiwan, the percentage of people who consider themselves Chinese is actually very, very low and the common cultural heritage doesn't make up for it. You may refer to the Chinese and the Taiwanese as cousins at best. The united China under the Communist rule would be a great threat to the world, and a hegemony of such a heavyweight would make us all - even those who hate current American foreign policy - remember these times with love and kind affection. This talk about "our enemies" and "benefits of our children and grandchildren", so typical of Chinese nationalist propaganda, gives me creeps!
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Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦), left, and Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) shake hands in Nanjing, yesterday. (CNA)



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