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MAC head hopes for institutionalized meetings with TAO

2015/10/13 19:38:39

Guangzhou, Oct. 13 (CNA) Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) head Hsia Li-yan (夏立言) said Tuesday that he hopes meetings between the heads of the MAC and its Chinese counterpart, the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), will be institutionalized.

Hsia also said he expects to have in-depth discussions on various cross-Taiwan Strait issues with his mainland counterpart, Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), head of the TAO under China's State Council, during a meeting scheduled for the following day.

Hsia made the remarks upon his arrival in China's Guangzhou. Among those on hand to greet him was Chen Yuanfeng (陳元豐), deputy TAO head.

The MAC said prior to the meeting that the two sides will exchange views on the overall development of cross-strait relations, and that it hopes to maintain cross-strait peace and stability based on the principle of the "1992 consensus."

The "1992 consensus" is perceived by Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang as referring to one China, with both sides free to interpret what that means.

Hsia and Zhang will also exchange views on the cross-strait trade in goods agreement, setting up respective representative offices in each other's territories, signing an environmental protection agreement, Chinese passengers making transit stops in Taiwan, the implementation of major agreements, and both sides taking part in regional economic integration.

(By Stanley Cheung and Lilian Wu)