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Mainland Affairs Council

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC; ) is a cabinet-level administrative agency under the Executive Yuan of the Republic of China.

Wang Yu Zhang Zhijun Taiwan Strait

New survey by Mainland Affairs Council: >70% of TW's people support govt efforts to maintain cross-strait status quo
Mainland Affairs Council to create, implement new cross-strait interaction model. –>…
Does Mainland [sic] Affairs Council feel no cognitive dissonance when saying they uphold 92C but not "one China"?.
Today President-elect Tsai Ing-wen is briefed on cross-Strait issues by Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council.
Proposal that Beijing allow flights to transit in Taiwan still in talks: Mainland Affairs Council
The attendees . Andrew L.Y. Hsia, minister of the Mainland Affairs Council of the Executive Yuan, will make an opening keynote address.
AIIB issue raised in Taiwan-China talks: Chairman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council Andrew Hsia met with hi...
Mainland Affairs Council Minister Andrew Hsia says the "1992 Consensus" should remain the platform for future cross strait ties
Mainland Affairs Council expresses regret over China's decision on political reform
The Mainland Affairs Council says the "China" in any sort of One China policy refers only to the Republic of China.
There were no flags and no titles on the nameplates. There could be no suggestion that the meeting was of equals, as one side imagined, nor that it was of a supplicant greeting his master, as the other would prefer to believe. But on February 11th, in the Chinese city of Nanjing, the heads of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, Wang Yu-chi, and China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, Zhang Zhijun, shook hands and sat down for talks. Leaders of the two sides have met before but this was the first formal meeting between ministers in their government capacities since China and Taiwan split in 1949.
A senior Taiwanese envoy raised eyebrows on the mainland yesterday when he used the island’s official name during a landmark ceremonial visit to Sun Yat-sen’s resting place. Wang Yu-chi, the head of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council,… [ 243 more words. ]
Mainland Affairs Council head Wang Yu-chi visited a school for children of China-based Taiwanese business people in Shanghai this morning.
MAC head to attend forum with scholars in Shanghai - Shanghai, Feb. 13 (CNA) Wang Yu-chi, minister of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), will discuss cross-Taiwan Strait issues with
Mainland Affairs Council head Wang Yu-chi is visiting Shanghai today – the third-day of his first official trip to China.
China -Taiwan - cross straights dialogue ? Taiwan, China Hold Landmark Talks on Mainland by William Ide February 11, 2014 Taiwan and China on Tuesday held their first high-level political talks since their civil war ended 65 years ago. Meeting in the southern Chinese city of Nanjing amid warming cross-strait relations, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council chairman Wang Yu-chi, and Zhang Zhijun, head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, both expressed amazement that they were able to arrange the meeting in the space of four months. The two also disclosed that they held a 5 minute meeting on the sidelines of the Asian Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) last October in Indonesia, during which they agreed to make regular get-togethers a reality. Taiwan's Wang said he hopes his visit can serve as a catalyst for further improved ties. 'We are able to sit down today for a meeting to discuss issues concerning both sides and we should cherish this peaceful and stable momentum,' he noted. 'I hope we can further promote t ...
Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Wang Yu-chi delivered a speech at China's Nanjing University Wednesday in which he called on young people on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to change the world with sincerity.
Taiwan, China: Consulates Today, Reunification Tomorrow? Comment Now Follow Comments From the outside, first-ever ministerial level talks between China and Taiwan this week look like a normal meet-and-greet fest. The man in charge of China policy in Taiwan, we’re told, is just spending quality time getting to know his counterpart who advises Beijing on what to do with his island. China sees Taiwan, self-ruled since 1949, as part of Chinese turf. No one expects Wang Yu-chi of Taiwan to sign a deal with Zhang Zhijun of China as they pursue a largely social public agenda through Friday in Nanjing. Wang’s ministry, the Mainland Affairs Council, said at the end of Tuesday it might start now to push China for first-ever de facto consulates, cutting a deal in the future so millions of tourists and investors have representation.
After years in suspended animation, Mainland Affairs Council is in the limelight. Will it establish an office in Beijing I wonder?
Wang Yu-chi arrives in Nanjing on historic China visit - Nanjing, Feb. 11 (CNA) Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) chief Wang Yu-chi arrived in Nanjing Tuesday at the head of a
Wang-Zhang meeting won’t sign any documents - Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi said early Tuesday at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport before departing for Nanjing to meet his counterparts that no document
Taiwan’s mainland affairs chief, Wang Yuqi, arrived in Nanjing on Tuesday. He'll meet the head of the State Council Affairs Office.
TAIPEI - Taiwan said Monday it would raise the issue of press freedom with China at their first government-to-government talks since 1949, after media outlets were refused accreditation for this week's meeting.The Mainland Affairs Council, which formulates the island's China policy, said its chairma...
The Association of Taiwan Journalists (ATJ) yesterday protested China’s refusal to issue visas to two Taiwanese journalists who had planned to accompany Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) on his visit to China, while urging the council to take action to defend the freedom of t...
DPP lays out its wish list for MAC chief's visit to China - Taipei, Jan. 28 (CNA) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) laid out on Tuesday the parameters it hopes Mainland Affairs Council
FYI Taiwan issues travel alert for Beijing over H5N1 concerns ROC Central News Agency 2014/01/10 12:43:35 Taipei, Jan. 10 (CNA) Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) issued a 'yellow' travel alert for Beijing on Thursday, a day after Canada announced that a traveler who had just returned from Beijing had died of H5N1 avian flu. In its travel warning, the second highest on the Centers for Disease Control's three-color coded scale, the Cabinet-level MAC said people should pay special attention to their health and safety if they cannot avoid traveling to Beijing. Those who must travel to the Chinese capital should avoid direct contact with birds or poultry, the MAC said. It also advised such travelers to wash their hands frequently, wear a surgical mask, refrain from feeding wild birds, including pigeons, and from eating uncooked meat or eggs. If travelers to Beijing develop a fever and cough, they should promptly see a doctor upon return to Taiwan, the council added. Canada's Health Minister Rona Ambrose ...
Things are getting disturbing in Asia. A lot of expansionist aspirations. This from the NHK World... China imposes new fishing rules in South China Sea A Chinese local government has imposed new rules requiring foreign fishing boats to get permission from Chinese authorities before entering waters around disputed islands in the South China Sea. Hainan Province in southern China put the rules in force on January 1st, triggering protests from its neighbors claiming the island groups. The rules say foreign vessels and nationals must get approval from the relevant department of China's government to fish or survey in waters administered by Hainan. Violators could face eviction from the waters or have their boats and equipment confiscated. Hainan says the rules cover the Spratly and Paracel Islands, which are claimed by China and other Asian countries. The move is seen as a way for China to enforce its claim. A spokesperson for Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council in charge of policy toward China reiterated Tai . ...
Why China's Air Defense Identification Zone Is Terrible For Cross-Strait Relations China’s new ADIZ in the East China Sea jeopardizes the possibility of unification with Taiwan. By Shannon Tiezzi November 28, 2013 Media around the world (including The Diplomat) have extensively covered recent developments regarding China’s new Air Defense Identification Zone. But as usual, Taiwan remains mostly marginalized in the discussions, despite the fact that Taiwan’s government might have the most at stake. For Tokyo and Beijing, the dispute is largely a question of maritime resources and national pride. For Taipei, how the dispute is resolved could also determine the future of Taiwan’s sovereignty. Taiwan’s claim to the disputed islands (which it calls the Diaoyutai) largely parallels that of mainland China. Taiwan’s government considers itself a continuation of the 20th century Republic of China, with the same territorial claims that have now been adopted by the People’s Republic of China — includ ...
China is the world's largest source and market for counterfeit goods and the poor-quality products that it makes will seriously hurt its economy and pose a major latent threat to public security, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Vice Chairman You Ying-lung (游盈隆) claimed yesterday.
The Mainland Affairs Council yesterday called on China to reform its political system with resolve, wisdom and compassion, as well as to face historical facts concerning the Tiananmen Square Massacre and reflect on their significance for the development of democracy and human rights in China.
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