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Cross-strait ties not affected by 'isolated incident': MAC
Central News Agency
2014-09-03 11:17 PM
Taipei, Sept. 3 (CNA) Cross-strait relations have become normalized and institutionalized and will not be affected by an "isolated incident," the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), the nation's top China policymaker, said Wednesday. The MAC was referring to the removal last month of Chang Hsien-yao, deputy MAC head, after he allegedly leaked secret information to Beijing. The MAC was echoing a comment made the previous day by Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office under China's State Council, during a visit to the United States. Asked to comment on the Chang case, Zhang said he hoped the public would not make "irresponsible," or "unfounded " speculations on the matter. He also said that the peaceful development of cross-strait ties was in the interests of the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait and conformed to the trend of the era. The "momentum of the peaceful development of cross-strait ties will not be stalled by an isolated incident," Zhang said. In its statement, the MAC said that since President Ma Ying-jeou first took office in 2008, Taiwan and China have signed 21 agreements and cross-strait relations have been the most stable in 65 years. Chang's case is now in the process of judicial investigation, and the government will continue to push for the stable and peaceful development of cross-strait ties, the MAC said. Commenting recently on cross-strait ties, President Ma used the analogy of a big tree that requires constant watering in order to grow, according to the MAC. (By Yin Chun-chieh and Lilian Wu)
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