By: Yin Chun-chieh, Scarlett Chai and Elaine Hou
Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) A newly installed telephone hotline system connecting
the heads of cross-Taiwan Strait affairs in Taiwan and mainland China was officially launched Wednesday, with the top cross- strait affairs officials conversing with each other and recognizing the recent achievements across the strait.
Hsia Li-yan (夏立言), chief of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), and his Chinese counterpart, Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), head of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), held their first conversation via the hotline, marking the official launch of the high-level communication channel across the strait, the MAC said in a statement.
During the conversation, Hsia described the launch of the hotline as an important achievement resulting from the historic talks between President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) in November, the MAC said. [FULL STORY]