Most Taiwanese approve of Wang-Zhang meet results: MAC poll
Central News Agency
2014-02-25 11:00 PM
Taipei, Feb. 25 (CNA) The results of a recent survey show that most respondents approved of the outcome of a historic meeting between the two top officials from the two sides of the Taiwan Strait in charge of cross-strait affairs earlier this month in China. More than 60 percent of the respondents to the survey -- conducted by a poll company and commissioned by Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), said they approved of MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi's Feb. 11-14 visit to China, his first trip to the mainland since taking office, the MAC said in a statement Tuesday. During his stay, Wang met with his Chinese counterpart, Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Zhang Zhijun, in Nanjing Feb. 11. The meeting was the first between the top cross-strait authorities in an official capacity. The survey shows that 65.1 percent of the respondents felt that Wang's trip and his meeting with Zhang helped direct interactions between officials from the two sides, while 61 percent affirmed that the visit and the meeting helped the future development of cross-strait links. Meanwhile, 51 percent of the people surveyed said that the Wang-Zhang meeting was "a major breakthrough" in cross-strait official interaction, while 67.1 percent supported the idea of continuing to hold meetings between the top officials and 63.1 percent supported the establishment of a regular communication mechanism between the MAC and the TAO. Encouraged by the survey results, the MAC said it will make efforts to promote the formation of such a mechanism, through which it believes major issues concerning cross-strait exchanges and interaction can be pragmatically handled. The survey, conducted by Taiwan Real Survey Co. Feb. 20-22 through telephone interviews with people aged over 20, also shows that 67.9 percent of the respondents supported the expected signing of a cross-strait agreement on meteorological cooperation in the 10th round of cross-strait talks set to be held in Taipei Feb. 26-27. The expected signing of a cross-strait seismic monitoring cooperation agreement in the upcoming talks between Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and the Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) won the support of 72.6 percent of those polled, the MAC said. The SEF and ARATS are two intermediary bodies handling cross-stait negotiations in the absense of official links. A total of 1,068 valid samples were collected for the survey, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. (By Elizabeth Hsu)
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