Ma expects stable China relations despite transition

Staff writer, with CNA

Sun, Nov 04, 2012 - Page 3

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday said that although China will soon go through a once-in-a-decade leadership transition, he expects cross-strait relations to remain stable.

Addressing a meeting of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Central Advisory Committee, Ma, who is also the KMT chairman, was referring to the Chinese Communist Party’s 18th National Congress, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday.

Ma said his administration would continue its efforts to deepen bilateral relations.

He said the government would open more schools to Chinese students. In addition to accepting more senior-high school and college students from China, the Ministry of Education will allow Chinese college students to complete their studies in Taiwanese universities.

The president also said that the two bodies set up to conduct cross-strait exchanges in the absence of formal ties — Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation and China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits — should open representative offices on either side of the Strait.

He said that with the number of people crossing the Taiwan Strait reaching 7 million per year, the establishment of such offices “is a necessary step.”

Ma added that the government will review and revise a major statute on cross-strait exchanges — the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (台灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例) — saying that some of its clauses have become “outdated.”