Taiwan's top mainland policy planning body has ruled out political talks with Beijing, at least for now, despite the mainland's interest in such discussions going ahead. 'The timing and conditions are not ripe for talks on political issues,' Mainland Affairs Council vice-chairman Fu Don-cheng said. 'Cross-strait talks should remain focused on the economy at the moment.' Mr Fu's comment reflected the policy of mainland-friendly Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, who has opted for dealing with the easy part of cross-strait relations - economic and cultural exchanges - before addressing thorny political issues. More than a year after the two sides started fence-mending talks in Beijing in June last year on direct transport and economic links, signs have emerged that Beijing was hoping for political dialogue with Taipei. The latest council study on mainland political and economic developments found that 'various indications have showed that the mainland has begun preparations for cross-strait political talks'. It said since President Hu Jintao issued a six-point guideline for development of cross-strait relations on December 31, the mainland had sought to promote cross-strait exchanges in terms of politics, economy, culture, party co-operation and military affairs for the sake of building a peaceful-development framework across the Taiwan Strait. The study noted that mainland leaders had been making remarks about political talks and cross-strait reunification in addition to engaging in economic talks with the island. Premier Wen Jiabao said in March that Beijing was ready to talk with Taiwan on political and military issues aimed at ending cross-strait hostility and paving the way for eventual reunification, it noted. The mainland State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office director, Wang Yi, made similar comments in April, June and last month. 'We want to know if Ma will break his promise by holding reunification talks with China during his presidency,' Democratic Progressive Party spokesman Cheng Wen-tsan said. Mr Ma vowed in his inaugural speech in May last year that he would never hold reunification talks with Beijing during his term.