Taiwan's new chief negotiator with China is scheduled to take up his post next Monday, as part of a reshuffle of the semi-official organization responsible for cross-Taiwan Strait negotiations.
Tien Hung-mao (???), a former foreign minister, will assume duties as head of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) on Sept. 12, the organization said Saturday.
Meanwhile, Chang Tien-chin (???), deputy head of the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council, will take up the post as SEF vice chairman and secretary-general, the organization said. The reshuffle is being carried under Taiwan's new government, which took office in May.
In a radio interview last week, Tien said he hoped Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) would adopt "broad vision and thinking" with regard to the development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations.
In the interview, Tien also said he hoped cross-strait negotiations will resume as soon as possible and peace will continue across the Taiwan Strait.
Cross-strait relations have been cool since President Tsai Ing-wen (???) took office May 20, due mainly to China's insistence that the "1992 consensus" remain the political foundation for the development of cross-strait exchanges, and the Tsai administration's reluctance to accept that.
The 1992 consensus refers to a tacit agreement reached between Taipei and Beijing in 1992 there is only one China, with each side free to interpret what that means.
Following the recent announcement of Tien's appointment as the new SEF chairman, Zhang Zhijun (???) -- China's top official on Taiwan affairs -- said he would like to know whether Taiwan's top negotiator with China would acknowledge the "political foundation" for cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges and come up with new ideas for moving bilateral ties forward.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel