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MAC official talks with ex-AIT head on China issues

CONCERNSAside from meeting former AIT chief Darryl Johnson, You is in the US to see several Taiwanese businessmen, leaders and academics

CNA , SAN FRANCISCO

Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Vice Chairman You Ying-lung (游盈隆) met Darryl Johnson, former director of the American Institute in Taiwan's (AIT) Taipei office, in Seattle on Friday to exchange views on cross-strait issues.

According to You, Johnson showed great concern on recent developments in cross-strait ties and asked You to pass on his greetings to President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮).

You told Johnson, who has long supported Taiwan, that China's enactment of its "Anti-Secession" Law and its deployment of hundreds of missiles targeting Taiwan have unilaterally changed the relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.

You said that an agreement reached between Taiwan and China in the middle of this month for the opening of four kinds of cross-strait charter flight services represented Taiwan's efforts in improving cross-strait ties.

During his US visit, You met several Chinese academics working in the US and is planning to meet their American counterparts in the next few days.

You will also visit overseas Taiwanese leaders residing in the US.

In a speech to be delivered at the annual meeting of the Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce of North America, You will talk about cross-strait ties and will suggest that Taiwan and China engage in talks on issues such as the rights of Taiwanese businesspeople in China, double taxation and intellectual property rights protection.

You added that the most urgent topics for discussion are the opening of cross-strait charter flights on a regular basis, the entry of Taiwanese agricultural products into China, and the opening of Taiwan to Chinese tourists.

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