MAC official urges cross-strait ‘structural cooperation’

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top China policy-making body, says the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should consider structural cooperation. That's the word from MAC Deputy Minister Lin Cheng-yi on Friday.

Lin was speaking at the opening of a seminar on the 30th anniversary of cross-strait exchanges. Lin said China has unilaterally suspended systematic cross-strait negotiations but Taiwan is still working to keep the channels of communication open. Lin said the two sides should set aside their differences, find common ground and hold talks without preconditions.

Lin also urged China to jointly develop a new model of cross-strait interactions.

The political and educated elite, the public, the media and experts on both sides should be able to replace name-calling and sabre-rattling with wisdom and innovative thinking to develop cross-strait friendly exchanges for the next 30 years with patience and endurance," said Lin.

Lin said there are few official exchanges between the two sides at present and most are low level.

Source: Radio Taiwan International