Taipei does not rule out the possibility of opening direct transport links with China, even before the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are admitted to the WTO, a senior government official said yesterday.
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"So long as China is willing to sit down to talk with Taiwan on relevant issues, we do not rule out the possibility of opening direct cross-strait shipping and air links ahead of WTO accession," Tsai said.
Stressing that direct cross-strait transport links involve many public authority-related issues, Tsai said the two sides must negotiate to hammer out mutually acceptable measures.
"For our part, we are hopeful that the two quasi-official intermediary bodies -- Taipei's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF,
Commenting on Beijing's claim that the opening of direct cross-strait trade, mail and transport links, commonly known as the "big three links," is an internal affair of China, Tsai said it simply reflects Beijing's unilateral stance on the cross-strait issue.
"Any concrete arrangements concerning direct cross-strait transport, trade or mail links require bilateral consultations and agreement," she said.
Taiwan unilaterally opened direct "small three links" (
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