Cross-strait exchanges unaffected by alleged information leak: premier
Central News Agency
2014-09-01 11:29 PM
Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Monday that the removal of Chang Hsien-yao, one of Taiwan's chief negotiators with China, over an alleged leak of information to Beijing was an isolated case and would not affect the mutual trust in cross-strait exchanges. With a new legislative session set to begin in mid-September, public attention has been focused on whether major bills on consolidating trade relations with China will clear the legislative floor. Jiang said at a tea party with reporters that he hopes a draft act governing free economic pilot zones (FEPZ), which is under discussion, will be passed by the Legislature. Saying that Taiwan and mainland China have achieved institutionalized exchanges in cross-strait relations, Jiang expressed hopes that the Chang case would be deemed as an isolated incident and the two sides will continue to push for the steady development of cross-strait relations. The premier said it is basic knowledge that public servants should not leak secrets in the course of their duties. In Chang's case, it was a matter of a government official allegedly violating the law -- not an issue of loopholes in the oversight procedures relating to cross-strait agreements or in the public service system, the premier said. He said that when MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi briefed him on the case, Wang expressed strong suspicion that Chang may have leaked secrets to Beijing. Meanwhile, Zhang Zhijun, head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said Monday at the Shandong-Taiwan Economic and Trade Fair in Weifang City that a system should be established for strengthening economic cooperation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. "We will not change our direction and resolve and will not slow down our pace of deepening cross-strait economic cooperation," Zhang said. It was his first public comment on cross-strait exchanges and interactions since the Chang case came to light. Taiwan and China are set to hold talks Sept. 10 in Taiwan on a cross-strait agreement on trade in goods. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Evelyn Kao)
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