Today the Mainland Affairs Council minister denied that the government was pursuing an official diplomatic relationship with China. The denial came after a national newspaper quoted him proposing that Taiwan establish a political relationship with China, such as an official state-to-state relationship. Today MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong said that government officials had not even discussed such a possibility. He also strenuously denied that the proposal reflected his personal views.
It was the lead story on the front page. The headline stated that the government would consider diplomatic ties with China or a relationship modeled after the EU, with an eye toward breaking the cross-strait deadlock. [FULL STORY]