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Taiwan eying revision of some cross-strait laws: official

ROC Central News Agency

2012/05/24 19:46:52

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council said Thursday it has been seeking information from the relevant authorities for the past two months with a view to looking at possible revision of the laws on Taiwan-China affairs.

The council said it is bringing in several departments to review the Act Governing Relations Between The People of The Taiwan Area And The Mainland Area.

Following President Ma Ying-jeou's statement last week that the current laws on cross-Taiwan Strait affairs need an overhaul amid the changing relations between both sides, the council said a range of issues have already been discussed.

"The review of cross-strait laws has been a continuous process for the government," said the council’s deputy head Liu Te-shun.

Liu said the issues discussed included the establishment of reciprocal offices for the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and its Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS).

Ma had said that a stronger link is necessary to improve the functions of the SEF and ARATS, quasi-official bodies responsible for cross-strait activities in the absence of government-to-government ties.

In addition, the regulations pertaining to cross-strait transportation, Chinese students studying in Taiwan and Chinese spouses of Taiwanese nationals are being looked at, Liu said.

However, there are no immediate plans to revise the regulations related to Taiwanese individuals’ involvement in political Chinese organizations, Liu said.

This issue has been the source of controversy lately amid China's increasing efforts to lure Taiwanese investments.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)

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