Taiwan will continue to expand its exchanges with China in a wide range of areas, including culture, Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Lin Join-sane (林中森) said in Beijing yesterday.
Making the remarks during a visit to Beijing’s Palace Museum, Lin said his trip is part of the government’s efforts to deepen cultural exchanges with China.
Lin is on his first-ever visit to China. As well as visiting Beijing, he is also scheduled to go to Tianjin, Shanghai and Kunshan.
Lin met his Chinese counterpart, Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chairman Chen Yunlin, (陳雲林) on Tuesday. He was also scheduled to meet other Chinese officials, including Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi (王毅) and National Committee of the People’s Political Consultative Conference Chairman Jia Qinglin (賈慶林).
At a regular news briefing held yesterday, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Yang Yi (楊毅) said Beijing hopes to open negotiations with Taipei soon on issues related to the exchange of representative offices.
Yang said that it is “very necessary” for ARATS and the SEF to set up offices in each other’s territories.
This will allow the two agencies to provide more convenient and rapid services, he said.
On a proposal by Minister of Cultural Affairs Lung Ying-tai (龍應台) for a cross-strait cultural agreement and the possibility of Lung visiting China, Yang said Beijing is open to such an agreement and welcomes Lung’s visit “in an appropriate capacity.”
Asked whether China will continue its policy toward Taiwan after China’s leadership transition next month, Yang said Beijing would continue to promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations by strengthening cross-strait exchanges and cooperation, and furthering negotiations with Taiwan.