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OPENING 3 DIRECT CROSS-STRAIT LINKS IS GOVERNMENT POLICY: MAC

2004-03-18 22:49:29

    Taipei, March 18 (CNA) The opening of direct cross-Taiwan Strait links -- trade, transportation and postal services -- is a government policy, Taiwan's top mainland policy planner said Thursday.

    Briefing a group of foreign reporters in Taipei to cover the March 20 presidential election and the accompanying referendum, Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) , said that the opening of the three links depends on the results of cross-strait talks.

    Once the two sides of the strait start negotiations on the matter, preparations for opening the three links will be put in motion, Tsai noted. "All we can do prior to the cross-strait talks is act unilaterally," she stressed.

    Tsai made the comments while addressing a remark made earlier in the day by Wang Yung-chang, chairman of Formosa Plastics Group, who expressed the opinion that "the sooner the three links are opened, the better."

(By Huang Kwang-chun)

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