World Bulletin / News Desk
Taiwan's chief policymaker on China will meet his mainland counterpart inChina in February in what will be the highest-level official talks between the two sides since 1949, but said on Tuesday he would not discuss "sensitive political issues".
The Feb. 11 to 14 talks between Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Minister Wang Yu-chi and China's Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun, who heads the Taiwan Affairs Office, will mark a big step towards expanding cross-strait dialogue beyond economic and trade issues.
China's ruling Communist Party considers Taiwan a renegade province and has never ruled out the use of force to bring the island under its wing after taking control of the mainland in 1949. But economic ties have grown considerably in recent years.
"The trip will not touch on highly sensitive political issues," Wang told a news conference.
In October, Chinese President Xi Jinping said a political solution to the standoff could not be postponed forever. But Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou later said he saw no urgency for political talks and wanted to focus on trade.
Wang said the aim of the talks was to create "a normal communication mechanism so as to avoid misunderstandings".
"We hope and believe that this important step by both sides of the Strait will be conducive to enhancing communication and understanding as well as the joint promotion of future development of cross-Strait ties," Ma said.
Nanjing was briefly the capital during the turbulent 1920s when Taiwan's Nationalist party ruled most ofChina. The city is also the burial place of Sun Yat-Sen, the founder of modern China, who is revered by both China and Taiwan.
But booming trade has not brought progress on political reconciliation or reduced military readiness on both sides.
Despite the close economic ties between China and Taiwan, U.S.-armed and backed Taiwan remains a potential flashpoint and its recovery is a priority for China's ruling Communist Party, which is investing billions to modernise its military.Last Mod: 28 Ocak 2014, 09:20