Date: Nov 08, 2016
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) yesterday questioned the
competence of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) as an intermediary in cross-strait relations, pledging to work to restore exchanges and mutual trust across the Taiwan Strait at a non-governmental level.
“Cross-strait relations require delicate handling and stable management. However, [Mainland Affairs Council Minister] Katharine Chang (張小月), supervisor of the government agency in charge of ties with Beijing, does not even know the names of the Chinese Communist Party’s seven Central Standing Committee members,” Hung said.
In light of Chang’s apparent lack of knowledge about Beijing, the public can hardly expect the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to make any breakthroughs in cross-strait relations, Hung said, questioning whether the government has given up on cross-strait ties.
Hung’s remarks came hours after Chang struggled to answer KMT Legislator Chen Chao-ming’s (陳超明) questions about the names of the Central Standing Committee members, the top five Chinese provinces with the highest density of Taiwanese businesspeople and the names of the mayors of Beijing’s four municipalities at a meeting of the legislature’s Internal Administration Committee in Taipei. [FULL STORY]