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Wang Jin-pyng: "One China Framework" not part of Wang-Zhang meeting
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-01-12 05:55 PM
MAC Chairman Wang Yu-chi appeared at the Legislative Yuan on Friday to deliver a report related to his coming trip to Beijing in February to meet Zhang Zhijun, Director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO). Wang outlined the agenda for the "Wang-Zhang meeting” for legislators of both the Green and Blue camps. Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng later told reporters that legislators from both sides of the aisle and the MAC chairman had agreed that the "One-China Framework" and other related concepts are not binding legal instruments to be considered in talks between Taiwan and China.

During negotiations between ruling and opposition party legislators on the general budget Friday, DPP and TSU legislators signed two resolutions proposing that during his trip to China, Wang Yu-chi should not sign any political document or issue a joint statement or press release that would accept or echo the contents of the "One-China Framework," "Anti-Taiwan Independence" or other positions that would damage Taiwan’s claims to sovereignty. He should also refrain from negotiating with the other side on these or other related political issues, otherwise he will be held accountable when he returns to Taiwan.

Wang Jin-pyng explained afterwards that the resolution presented by the Legislative Yuan represents the views of both ruling and opposition party legislators and is also a part of the main resolutions of the general budget, making it the equivalent of a legal measure and carrying a binding force equivalent to the law.

Wang Yu-chi has previously said that one topic that will be off the table at his meeting with Zhang will be whether President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping might meet on the sidelines at the APEC economic leaders meeting in Beijing in October.

China has been decidedly lukewarm to the idea of Ma attending the forum even though Taiwan is a full member of APEC under the name Chinese Taipei. Under the terms of Taiwan's APEC membership, the nation’s president, vice president, premier, vice premier, and minister of foreign affairs are all barred from attending the annual meetings, but Taiwan has tried to circumvent this restriction by arguing that as an economic entity, its president should be allowed to be present.

Zhang Zhijun, who took over the TAO in March last year, has a rich background in foreign affairs and participated in negotiations with Japan over the Tiaoyutai territorial dispute. He is also familiar with relations between China and the US.

Wang and Zhang met in a spontaneous exchange outside the venue of a meeting between Taiwan’s former Vice-president Vincent Siew and Xi Jinping in October last year. The brief interchange was marked by the fact that each of the two addressed the other by his official title. Wang noted at the time that regular visits between authorities on both sides who are in charge of cross-strait affairs are needed in order to build mutual understanding and strengthen communication on issues of mutual concern.

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