Want China Times
By: CNA and Staff Reporter
Andrew Hsia, head of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), the country’s top
government agency in charge of cross-strait affairs, said Wednesday that he had not heard any comments from his Chinese counterpart, Zhang Zhijun of the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), on a possible termination of the current “mini three links” between the outlying island of Kinmen and mainland China.
On the sidelines of a seminar focusing on political developments in China, however, Hsia said that if Zhang did talk about a possible halt to the links should Kinmen develop a casino business, the comments were “inappropriate.”
According to local media reports, Zhang, head of the TAO, said during a visit to Kinmen with Hsia last weekend that if Kinmen wants to use the casino business to attract mainland visitors, China will cut the links.
Since Jan. 1, 2001, Taiwan and China have had direct trade, postal and transportation links between the Taiwan-controlled islands of Kinmen and Matsu, and the Fujian ports of Xiamen, Quanzhou and Fuzhou. [FULL STORY]