MAC still pushing for Tsai-Xi meeting

COOLING-OFF PERIOD: A China Southeast TV reporter denied a re-entry permit could apply again when he is less emotional, council minister Chen Ming-tong said

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 03, 2018
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) will continue to push for a meeting between

From left, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Vice Chairman Lee Li-jane, spokesman Chui Chui-cheng, Straits Exchange Foundation Chairwoman Katharine Chang, Minister Without Portfolio Lo Ping-cheng, MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong, Democratic Party Legislator Hung Tsung-yi, MAC Vice Chairman Chen Ming-chi and MAC First Secretary Hua Shih-chieh yesterday take part in a ceremony to unveil new signage at the council’s office in Taipei.  Photo: CNA

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) “without preconditions,” council Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) said yesterday.

“The two should sit down and have a face-to-face talk,” Chen said.

“It is better not to spin the wheels, as it could lead to some misjudgement if the two are far apart,” Chen said prior to a legislative hearing. “The MAC will continue to work toward that goal with no conditions attached.”

In response to media queries on whether Beijing had responded to the council’s call, Chen said “they are probably aware of our wish,” but “they also have their own way of thinking.”    [FULL  STORY]

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