Cross-strait envoys meet after six-year suspension
Taiwanese and mainland officials involved in cross-strait affairs finally met in Taipei yesterday, six years after Beijing suspended talks with the island in 1999.
The death of Koo Chen-fu - the chairman of the semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation, who represented the island in talks with the mainland - brought officials from the two sides together at a service in his memory.
Although Sun Yafu and Li Yafei insisted they were visiting Taiwan in a private capacity as 'personal representatives' of Wang Daohan, chairman of the Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits (Arats), their status as Arats officials made it unavoidable that official contact would take place in Taiwan.
This was especially true given that Arats vice-chairman Mr Sun also doubles as deputy director of the mainland State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office.
'The two had met with [foundation] officials and maybe I should not emphasise that two of the [foundation] officials also hold Mainland Affairs Council posts,' council vice-chairman Chiu Tai-san said.
He was referring to Liu Te-hsun, the foundation's secretary-general, who also doubles as the council's vice-chairman, and Jan Jyh-horng, the foundation's deputy secretary, who is also the council's secretary-general.
Both Mr Liu and Mr Jan received Mr Sun and Mr Li when the mainland officials went to the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall yesterday to pay their last respects to Koo. Footage of their meeting was broadcast by Taiwanese television stations.