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No problem of trust between two sides of strait: MAC

ROC Central News Agency

2012/05/24 23:01:53

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) Cross-strait relations remain the same and no trust concerns have been raised following President Ma Ying-jeou's inauguration address, a Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) official said Thursday.

"Cross-strait exchanges are proceeding as usual," according to Liu Te-shun, the council's deputy head, who added that no such concerns are necessary because the government's mainland policy "has been consistent."

In his May 20 inaugural address, Ma said that over the past two decades, the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have been defined as "one Republic of China, two areas," and that "when we speak of 'one China,' naturally it is the Republic of China."

The nation's top mainland policy planner denied local media speculation that Beijing is upset that Ma's notion of "one ROC, two areas" did not go in line with what ruling KMT Honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung said in late March.

In a meeting with Chinese top leader Hu Jintao on March 22 in Beijing, Wu first raised the term of " one country, two areas."

In response to Wu's remarks, Yang Yi, spokesman of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, stated only that "as long as the one China principle is upheld, all other issues can be discussed.”

Under a consensus the Kuomintang said it reached with Beijing in 1992, both sides agreed there is only "one China," but each side is free to interpret what the term means.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)

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