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Cross-strait forum needs to respect Taiwan's law: MAC

ROC Central News Agency

2016/10/12 22:11:31

Taipei, Oct. 12 (CNA) Any interaction or dealings between a private group from Taiwan and its Chinese counterpart must be conducted in accordance with the law and relevant rules and regulations of the Republic of China, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said on Wednesday.

The MAC made its remarks in answer to a CNA question on the planned Nov. 2-3 meeting between officials from the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) and the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing, a meeting that China has dubbed the "Peaceful Cross-Strait Development Forum."

The forum used to be called the "KMT-CPC Forum" and was launched in 2005 by then-KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰), who lost his second presidential bid to the Democratic Progressive Party's Chen Chui-bian (陳水扁) in 2004. As 10 forums have been held, it is now time to remake it into a peaceful development forum, said An Fengshan, spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO).

He announced earlier in the day that the forum will be held in Beijing from Nov. 2-3 with the participation of senior KMT and CPC officials.

Taiwan's MAC, whose official communications with TAO were suspended after DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)was sworn in as president on May 20, noted that the forum is being sponsored by a political party and a private group. Taiwan's political parties, including the KMT, are governed by the Civil Associations Act, it said.

If political issues -- including those involving public authorities -- are discussed and agreements inked by both sides at the forum, the MAC said it must be done with government authorization and in accordance with the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.

In other words, government authorization is needed for any agreements reached at the forum to become effective, the MAC said.

It would be better for Taiwan and China to talk with each other through official channels so both governments can better serve their respective peoples, the MAC added.

(By Chen Chia-lun and S.C. Chang)
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