MAC reiterates China's new passports unacceptable
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, Dec. 7 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) reiterated on Friday that China's new passports, which depict Taiwan as part of Chinese territory, were unacceptable.
Yang Chien-hui, a researcher at the MAC's Department of Planning, said the council has repeatedly stressed the fact that the two sides are ruled separately and should conduct exchanges under the principle of 'not recognizing each other's sovereignty, but not denying each other's right of rule.'
The new passports not only include Taiwan as part of China's national map, but also has pictures of Taiwanese scenic spots.
Yang made the remarks when she was reporting on the government's response to China's new passports at the legislative caucus of minor opposition party Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU).
TSU caucus whips Huang Wen-ling and Lin Shih-chia said a map in the passports depicting China's territory as including islands also claimed by Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam have triggered retaliatory action by the Philippines and Vietnam, with both countries refusing to stamp the passports.
But Taiwan has not even called an international news conference to protest against the matter, they said.
James Chou, deputy director of the Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs under the Ministry of foreign Affairs, said China's new passports have hurt the mutual trust between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait and the feeling of 23 million people in Taiwan.
He said that it is beyond doubt that the South China Sea and the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea belong to the Republic of China.
The MAC, in a written report to the TSU, also said that Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Lin Join-sane will visit China soon, while SEF Vice Chairman Kao Koong-lian will attend a cross-strait economic cooperation committee, and they will express the government's stance on the matter in due time.
(By Wen Kui-hsiang and Lilian Wu)
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