‘Ex­changes made the im­pos­si­ble pos­si­ble’


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gres­sive Party’s pro­posed “su­per­vi­sory law”, and crit­ics in Tai­wan said it could par­a­lyze re­la­tions with the main­land.

The bill re­quires govern­ment of­fi­cials to get leg­isla­tive con­sent be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter any talks with Bei­jing. They can­not sign any agree­ments with the main­land be­fore all three stages of leg­isla­tive ap­proval are com­pleted.

“The cross-Straits su­per­vi­sory bill is still in par­lia­ment,” Lee said. “Trade talks need the over­sight, so to hold trade talks would be of no use.”

Ma said di­rec­tors of the de­part­ments of cross-Straits af­fairs on both sides have had five meet­ings since 2014, and in­ter­ac­tions have in­cluded estab­lish­ing a hot­line.

“The in­ten­sive com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the two sides has han­dled many sen­si­tive prob­lems and avoided mis­un­der­stand­ings,” said Ma. “The ex­changes have built mu­tual trust and made the im­pos­si­ble pos­si­ble.”

“All ac­com­plish­ments in the past few years are based on the 1992 Con­sen­sus,” he added.

The main­land's As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­la­tions Across the Tai­wan Straits is­sued a state­ment af­ter the new leader took of­fice, say­ing that the as­so­ci­a­tion’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to CANADA im­prove cross-Straits re­la­tions wouldn’t change.

Xin­hua and Reuters con­trib­uted to this story.

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