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SEF to closely monitor cross-strait exchanges: chairman

2017/10/27 21:28:40

Tien Hung-mao (田弘茂/CNA file photo)

Taipei, Oct. 27 (CNA) The Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) needs to closely monitor cross-strait exchanges following the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, SEF Chairman Tien Hung-mao (田弘茂) said Friday.

During a meeting of the SEF board, Tien underscored the need for the foundation to keep a close watch on China's actions related to cultural, educational and trade exchanges across the Taiwan Strait.

As for cross-strait interaction in the future, Tien said the foundation will look forward to it with optimism but will approach it pragmatically.

Many government officials and scholars have commented on China-Taiwan relations following the conclusion of the 19th Party Congress during which Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) concentrated more power into his own hands.

Tien said it will be the SEF's responsibility, as a semi-official organization set up by Taiwan's government, to monitor developments across the Taiwan Strait and relay any important information in a timely matter.

At Friday's board meeting, the SEF named a new 57-person board consisting of 51 directors and six supervisors.

(By Miao Zong-han and Kuan-lin Liu)