No sensitive issues in cross-strait officials' meeting: MAC

06/23/2014 09:46 PM
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Taipei, June 23 (CNA) The two top government officials in Taiwan and China in charge of cross-Taiwan Strait affairs will not touch on any highly sensitive political topics during an upcoming meeting, Taiwan's top China policymaking body said Monday. The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said its chief, Wang Yu-chi, and Zhang Zhijun, who heads China's Taiwan Affairs Office, will not sign any document, issue any joint statement or discuss politically sensitive issues when they meet during Zhang's trip to Taiwan from June 25 to 28. The MAC was responding to a demand by opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers that Wang and Zhang avoid such sensitive issues as "one China," the "one-China framework," "one China, two areas," "mutual military trust," and a "cross-strait peace agreement." They urged Wang not to accept any proposals echoing the propositions of a "one China Framework" or "anti-Taiwan independence," which they said could endanger Taiwan's sovereignty. The lawmakers also called on the two senior officials not to sign any document or issue a joint press release or statement, and they asked Wang to brief the Legislature on the encounter. In response, the MAC said normal interaction between officials on the two sides will help the peaceful development of cross-strait relations and be in the interest of the people of Taiwan. It also hoped every sector of society would look at exchanges and interaction with China from a rational perspective. Legislator Chou Ni-an of the pro-independence Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) said at another press conference, meanwhile, that if nobody voiced opposition to Zhang's visit to Taiwan, it would be construed as Taiwan's acquiescence to being part of China. The government should use the national flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to greet Zhang's arrival, Chou suggested. Wang Ping-chung, a member of the pro-unification New Party's youth committee, also held a news conference Monday, saying that a call issued by student leaders Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting and Academia Sinica researcher Huang Kuo-chang was nothing more than an attempt to seize the spotlight. The three led the Sunflower Movement against a trade-in-services agreement with China that occupied the Legislature for three weeks starting March 18. Wang said that protesters should first debate members of the youth committee on the following question: "While Taiwan's future should be determined by Taiwan's 23 million people, then should cross-strait relations be determined by the 1.3 billion people across the Taiwan Strait?" (By Tai Ya-chen, Wen Kuei-hsiang, Scarlett Chai and Evelyn Kao) Enditem/ls

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