‘COLD STANDOFF’:Mainland Affairs Council Minister Katherine Chang said she had not talked to China’s Taiwan Affairs Council minister, and the SEF and ARATS were not in talks
Date: Jun 15, 2016
By Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) yesterday suggested that the government engage in cross-strait interactions via a “second track,” which would involve think tanks, academics and “former government officials.”
Chiang at yesterday’s legislative question-and-answer session pressed Mainland Affairs Council Minister Katherine Chang (張小月) on whether the government that took over last month has so far “maintained the [cross-strait] ‘status quo’ that it has promised to maintain.”
“Has the cross-strait status quo been maintained since May 20? [I just need] a simple answer,” Chiang asked, repeating the question several times.
Chang refused to answer the question directly, saying that cross-strait peace has been maintained and is stable, but that there is room for improvement. [FULL STORY]