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MAC willing to help with Tsai-Zhang meeting
Central News Agency
2014-06-06 11:17 PM
Taipei, June 6 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council said Friday that if opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen wants to meet with China's top official in charge of Taiwanese affairs, it is willing to help communicate with the Chinese side. If a meeting is held between Tsai and Zhang Zhijun, head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, who is likely to visit Taiwan later this year, it will be dealt with based on the principles of dignity and reciprocity and respect the wishes of the two parties, the MAC said. The MAC said the government is happy to see any exchanges and interactions that will contribute to bilateral understanding. A local news report said Friday that the issue of how the DPP should deal with Zhang was raised during a meeting between Tsai and members of the party's China Affairs Committee on June 4. According to the China Times, when asked how she would react if Zhang wanted to meet her, Tsai said she could meet Zhang at the DPP's headquarters as long as no preconditions were set for such a meeting. But Tsai declined to respond to questions about a meeting with Zhang on Friday prior to attending a fundraising event for a foundation. "The matter will be left to DPP spokespeople to answer," Tsai said. DPP spokeswoman Hsu Chia-ching said the party hopes to have normal exchanges with the Chinese government and private sector to enhance understandings and mitigate misunderstanding. Asked about the possibility of a meeting between Tsai and Zhang, Hsu said the party welcomes Zhang's visit, which will help spur cross-strait exchanges and understanding. As the head of the DPP and a member of Taiwanese society, Tsai is willing to convey a different voice under no preset political conditions, Hsu said. (By Scarlet Chai, Justine Su and and Lilian Wu)
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