Want China Times
Taiwan has always been actively negotiating with China to set up representative offices
in each other’s territory, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Friday, denying claims from a Beijing official that Taipei was stalling talks.
While the idea of establishing representative offices was first proposed by China, Taiwan has since been active in pushing for cross-strait negotiations on related issues, said the MAC, Taiwan’s top cross-strait agency, in a statement.
The MAC’s remarks were in response to a local media report earlier in the day that Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office under China’s State Council, was blaming Taiwan for stalled negotiations on setting up the representative offices.
“It’s Taiwan’s problem,” Zhang was quoted as saying in the United Daily News report. “We don’t understand why Taiwanese people are afraid of being eaten by us.” [FULL STORY]