DPP head praises title-use in Wang-Zhang meeting
Central News Agency
2014-02-11 11:35 PM
Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang said Tuesday the fact that the top officials from Taiwan and China responsible for cross-Taiwan Strait affairs addressed each other by their official titles in their historic meeting earlier in the day was "a kind of progress." Su made the remarks while answering media questions about the meeting between Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Wang Yu-chi and his Chinese counterpart, Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Zhang Zhijun, in the Chinese city of Nanjing. It is the DPP's stance that interactions between officials from the two sides of the strait must be conducted on the basis of equality, Su said, praising the adoption of official titles in the Wang-Zhang meeting. However, Su also said that there is still room for progress between the two sides of the strait. "For example, there should be transparency regarding freedom, democracy and human rights (on the mainland) . These are all things that we stand for," Su said. The Wang-Zhang meeting marks the first time an incumbent MAC head has visited mainland China. It also represents the highest-level official talks ever held between the two sides. Meanwhile, Hung Tsai-lung, director of the DPP's China Affairs Department, released a statement recognizing the continuing normalization of cross-strait relations. Nevertheless, he criticized the meeting, saying that it failed to achieve progress on issues most Taiwanese people care about, such as freedom of the press, the reopening of cross-strait talks on trade in services and the establishment of a mechanism to allow humanitarian visits to detainees on each side. Hung expressed regret that these particular issues were not addressed during the meeting. (By Justin Su and Elizabeth Hsu)
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