Beijing, May 30 (CNA) The Taiwan Affairs Office of China's State Council said Wednesday that it was not surprised by President Ma Ying-jeou's mentioning of "one Republic of China, two areas" in his May 20 inaugural speech.
Office spokesman Yang Yi said that "the fact that the two sides (Taiwan and China) belong to one China has not changed. There are no 'two Chinas' and the relationship between the two sides is not one of nation-to-nation."
It was the first official remark from China over Ma's mentioning of "one ROC, two areas" in his inauguration speech.
Yang also said the cross-strait relationship is different from that of the former East and West Germany and that both sides should develop a unique track leading to "peaceful unification."
He was referring to Ma's mention of Germany's 1972 "Basis of Relations Agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Democratic Republic of Germany" as the basis for the principle of "mutual denial of each other's sovereignty rights and mutual non-denial of each side's authority to govern" between Taiwan and China.
Ma said at a conference May 24 that Germany's 1972 agreement replaced "sovereignty" with "supreme power" and held a distinctionbetween "sovereignty" and "authority to govern."
Ma said the distinction was his inspiration and the basis for his administration's handling of cross-strait relations.
In light of the remark by Yang, Taipei-based Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) official Lu Chang-shui said Wednesday in Taipei that Ma's"one ROC, two areas" notion is in line with the cross-strait definition inthe Constitution.
It also applies to the cross-strait status quo as defined in the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, Lu said.
Yang also said that a plan between the Beijing-based Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits and the Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation to establish mutual presences on each side of the strait will help solve cross-strait affairs more efficiently.
The two organizations are Taiwan and China's semi-government organizations designed to conduct relations between the two sides inthe absence of official ties.
(By Chen Hung-ching and Ann Chen)