Fri, Nov 17, 2006 - Page 3 News List

MOFA official upbeat about MAC staffing proposal

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official yesterday welcomed the idea of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) posting personnel in Washington to help better shape Taiwan's diplomatic policy.

Noting that cross-strait relations were key to the US-China-Taiwan relationship, the ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that if the council posted officials in Washington, its officials would be able to provide "timely and first-hand" information to the foreign ministry.

He added that Washington had been the "main battlefield" for diplomatic personnel from Taiwan and China in terms of intelligence and propaganda wars.

The official was responding to comments made by MAC Chairman Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Wednesday.

Wu said that the council should post staff in Washington to "help the foreign ministry analyze and explain Taiwan's cross-strait policies and help broaden the vision of the MAC's staff."

The MOFA official said that Wu's proposal would speed up the transfer of information, but added that it would have to be discussed with the US authorities.

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