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MAC-TAO communication to be reciprocal, direct: MAC minister

ROC Central News Agency

2014/02/14 20:16:02

Taipei, Feb. 14 (CNA) A regular communication mechanism between top officials in charge of cross-Taiwan Strait affairs that Taiwan and China agreed to establish during a high-level meeting earlier this week will be conducted in a reciprocal and direct manner, the head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Friday.

'Cross-strait officials at equal levels of authority can make phone calls between each other directly to discuss matters under their charge,' said MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi at a press conference in Taipei after returning from a four-day trip to Nanjing and Shanghai, the first-ever visit to China by the top official responsible for Taiwan's relations with China in an official capacity.

During a historic meeting in Nanjing, Wang and his counterpart Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), agreed to ensure the establishment of the regular communication mechanism to facilitate quick and efficient communication between the two sides.

Until this week, the governments on the two sides of the strait have conducted talks through Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), both of which are semi-official bodies.

MAC-TAO communication has actually been in existence for about six months, Wang went on, explaining that the consensus he reached with Zhang was an institutionalization of this practice.

Wang said earlier that the MAC-TAO links will not interfere with the channel established between the SEF and ARATS but will actually complement it.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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