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Chinese official's unification remark inappropriate: security chief

ROC Central News Agency

2012/12/24 18:44:30

Taipei, Dec. 24 (CNA) Taiwan's intelligence chief said Monday it is not appropriate for a visiting Chinese official to speak about unification between Taiwan and China.

It is 'not very appropriate' for Sun Yafu, deputy director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office to make pro-unification remarks during his visit to Taiwan, said National Security Bureau Director-General Tsai De-sheng in a legislative hearing.

Tsai said, however, that both sides of the Taiwan Strait should show respect to each other.

Sun said at a conference in Taipei on Saturday that the '1992 consensus' is an announcement to the world that Taiwan and China belong to one country, according to a report in the Chinese-language Liberty Times.

The report said Sunday that Sun had attended conferences and made speeches at universities in Taiwan over the past two weeks in an effort to push China's bid to unify with Taiwan.

Noting that Sun had applied to come to Taiwan for an academic conference, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Tsai Huang-liang asked during Monday's hearing why the Chinese official was also traveling around Taiwan giving speeches at universities.

Asked whether the security bureau should have taken action in such a case, Tsai De-sheng said the National Immigration Agency is responsible for deciding whether Sun's activities were in line with the purpose stated on his travel permit.

'The national security bureau will do what it should,' the security chief said in the hearing in the Legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee.

He did not elaborate.

The '1992 consensus' is a tacit agreement between Taiwan and China that there is only one China, with each side free to interpret what 'one China' means.

(By Elaine Hou)

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