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CROSS-STRAIT LINKS MAY BE EASIER IN NEXT TWO YEARS: OFFICIAL

2004-04-07 22:14:41

    Taipei, April 7 (CNA) The two sides of the Taiwan Strait are expected to handle more actively issues with regard to the opening of direct cross-strait transportation, trade and postal services links in the next two years, making the so-called direct " three links" easier, a government official said Wednesday.

    Speaking at a seminar on cross-strait ties, Huang Jay-cheng, a vice chairman of the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) , said that cross-strait interactions will be more favorable with a less politically sensitive environment in the Taiwan Strait that is expected to appear in the next two years because there will be no nationwide elections during that time.

    Beijing has shown great interest in three elections: Hong Kong's legislative elections in September, the United States' presidential election in November and Taiwan's legislative elections in December, Huang noted, adding that the outcome of Taiwan's legislative elections will play an influential role in Beijing's thinking about cross-strait relations.

    If cross-strait relations can be maintained with peace and stability, Huang predicted, cross-strait issues will proceed smoothly and will be easier to be settled.

(By Huang Kwang-chun)

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