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Beijing exerts no pressure on trade pact: MAC chief

TAIPEI--Beijing has taken a rational view of the recent protests in Taiwan against the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement and has not exerted any pressure on Taipei on the matter, Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi said yesterday.

In a radio interview, Wang said that during his historic visit to the mainland in February he told China that “Taiwan is a very vibrant society.”

“They can probably feel it now,” he said.

Wang said if the pact is revised by the Legislature, the administration will have to either have to scrap it or renegotiate it with China.

Beijing has not expressed any opinion on the possibility of a renegotiation and is “keeping a low profile to avoid any unnecessary consequences,” he said.

On a planned visit to Taiwan by Zhang Zhijun, head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, Wang said the Chinese side hopes that Zhang can make the trip in the first half of this year but will keep a close eye on the situation in Taiwan to choose a suitable time.

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