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President looks forward to upcoming meeting between officials
Central News Agency
2013-12-25 10:53 PM
Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday hat he was happy to see a meeting scheduled for February 2014 between Taiwan's and China's top officials in charge of cross-strait affairs. The comment follows reports that Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi is planning his first trip to China in an official capacity to meet with his Chinese counterpart, Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office under China's State Council in February. Wang, who met with Zhang on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in October, has said their respective use of official titles during the brief encounter has set a precedent for the scheduled meeting in China. Ma, who doubles as chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), addressed a wide range of topics with the KMT's Central Standing Committee, saying that his administration has not "sidestepped" political talks with China, as some critics have suggested. He pointed to the 19 agreements and two "consensuses" reached by both sides since he took office in 2008, noting that they have not only focused on trade. Ma reiterated the importance of the "1992 Consensus" -- a tacit agreement between Taipei and Beijing that there is only one China, though they disagree on what that means -- as the foundation for promoting and deepening relations between Taiwan and China. Speaking on regional tensions, Ma reasserted his position that parties concerned over China's declaration of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea should resolve differences through dialogue. He said he had not ruled out the possibility of negotiating with China over the related issues. China's ADIZ covers much of the East China Sea, including the disputed Diaoyutai Islands, administered by Japan as the Senkaku Islands but claimed by Taiwan and China. The move sparked controversy and drew concerns from neighbors in the region. (By Y.L. Kao)
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