Mainland Affairs Council

Beijing and Taipei plan exchange of government officials

Offshore yuan trading started in Taiwan yesterday. Photo: EPA

The two sides would also not rule out the possibility of issuing travel permits and granting each other's representatives something similar to the immunity from prosecution enjoyed by foreign diplomats, a senior Taiwanese official said yesterday, but that would be the next step for discussion after the establishment of the offices.

Thursday, 7 February, 2013, 5:16am

Not a done deal but new pact in works

When the new pact is signed, lower import tariffs are likely to increase the value of trade between Taiwan and the mainland. Photo: Reuters

When Taiwan and old foe mainland China signed a trade liberalisation pact in mid-2010, officials said its tariff cuts were just a start. Now the two sides are hashing out a new agreement for a US$127 billion trade partnership.

15 Jan 2013 - 4:16am

Taiwan's new Mainland Affairs Council chairman fails photo test

Wang Yu-chi

Taiwan's new top official for cross-strait affairs took his oath of office yesterday, but was immediately attacked by the opposition for failing to identify photos of most of Beijing's top politicians.

3 Oct 2012 - 4:41am

A good week for ...

Wendi Deng

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Taiwan minister to visit for office renaming event

Taiwan's mainland affairs minister will preside at a ceremony to rename the island's de facto consulate in Hong Kong. The renaming is a milestone in the improvement of Taiwan-Hong Kong political ties.

A source from Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council said Dr Lai Shin-yuan would tour Macau and Hong Kong for 'inspection of the council's business' from tomorrow to Thursday.

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

Taiwan woos mainland reporters

22 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Taiwan think-tank denies spy link

The Foundation on International and Cross-strait Studies in Taiwan, previously known as Chinese EuroAsia Foundation, yesterday denied commissioning Ching Cheong to work on any reports or projects related to the mainland or paying him to gather intelligence.

1 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Cross-strait invitation plan boosts ties hope

Taiwan was making plans yesterday to invite Beijing's No 2 cross-strait negotiator to help set the agenda for future negotiations.

3 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Handover raises Taiwan trade problems

Hong Kong's reversion to Beijing has exposed a gap in Taiwan's strict anti-mainland investment laws. While Taiwan prohibits direct investment from mainland enterprises, officials admit they have no idea how they will treat part-Chinese owned companies.

3 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Umbrella bureau to consolidate offices

Taiwan's Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council yesterday held a brief ceremony marking the establishment of the Hong Kong Affairs Bureau.

The bureau, to be headed by Taipei's chief representative in Hong Kong, Cheng An-kuo, was to formally begin operations this morning.

1 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Territory bureau for Taiwan

Taiwan's Executive Yuan yesterday formally decided to set up a Hong Kong Affairs Bureau to co-ordinate the activities of its various government bodies in the territory after the handover.

Cheng An-kuo, Taiwan's top representative in Hong Kong, was named head of the bureau, according to Taiwan media reports.

23 May 1997 - 12:00am

Taipei man

THE director of the Taiwan Mainland Affairs Council's Department of Cultural and Educational Affairs, Chang Liang-jen, 49, is expected to be appointed as Taipei's unofficial representative in Hong Kong.

13 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Taiwan plans tourist office for Hong Kong

TAIWAN is considering a plan to strengthen its representation in Hong Kong by opening a tourist office.

The director of Taipei's Department of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs, Cheng An-kuo, confirmed yesterday the Tourism Bureau was planning to set up an office in the territory.

10 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Taiwan to consider relaxing controls

THE Taiwan Government is considering further relaxation of import controls, allowing state-run enterprises to do business with China so that bilateral economic ties can be boosted progressively and steadily, a Taipei official says.

The proposal includes easing restrictions on state-run enterprises investing on the mainland, and allowing flexible imports of mainland goods.

5 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Denial over Hong Kong office

AN OFFICIAL of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) denied yesterday it has been pushing the island's Cabinet to set up an office in Hong Kong before 1997.

Shih Chi-ping, deputy secretary-general of the SEF, denied press reports which claimed the foundation had urged Taiwan's Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) to consider the feasibility of opening the office.

23 Dec 1994 - 12:00am