China visit under evaluation: MAC head


CNA

TAIPEI — Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) chief Wang Yu-chi said Wednesday that a plan for him to visit China and his Chinese counterpart to visit Taiwan is still being evaluated.

Related details will only be released after further discussion with the Chinese side, Wang said while attending a committee meeting in the Legislative Yuan.

He expressed confidence that in arranging such visits, the issue of their official titles should not be a problem, given the precedent set at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

Wang and Zhang Zhijun, director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), met Oct. 6 on the sidelines of the 2013 APEC forum in Bali and greeted each other by their official titles.

The MAC saw the development as a breakthrough in cross-Taiwan Strait relations and described it as a realization of the goal of “mutual non-denial” between the two sides.

During Wednesday’s meeting, Wang was asked by a legislator to comment on a statement by TAO spokesman Yang Yi in which he said people were being “over-imaginative” by associating the Wang-Zhang meeting to “mutual non-denial” across the strait.

Wang criticized Yang’s remarks as “unbecoming” and said he will convey his opinion to Beijing the next time he meets Zhang.

On a possible China trip by former Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, Wang said the MAC would follow the matter “with great interest and attention” if Tsai truly makes the visit.

According to ruling Kuomintang Legislator Wu Yu-sheng, Tsai is planning to visit China sometime between late October and November to attend a conference in her capacity as a scholar.