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Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 12:38

Sacking of Taiwan official won't hit ties: Beijing

By Reuters

 Sacking of Taiwan official won't hit ties: Beijing
Chang Hsien-yao, former 'deputy minister' of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), listens during a press conference in Taipei on Aug 21, 2014. (Photo / AFP)

BEIJING - The Chinese mainland brushed off concern on Wednesday that the sacking of an official in aiwan involved in talks with Beijing would affect the development of ties, saying it was an individual case.

Chang Hsien-yao, who until last month was the vice-chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council, Taiwan's government agency responsible for cross-Straits relations, has been under investigation by the council and judicial authorities over what the council said was possible wrongdoing.

Chang has said his removal could damage relations.

But the Chinese mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office said that was not the case.

"Our general view is that we hope individual cases do not affect cross-Straits ties," spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said at a regular news briefing in Beijing.

"At the same time we believe that the process of the peaceful development of cross-Straits ties will not stagnate because of a single case," he added, without elaborating.

Chang has denied any wrongdoing, and asserted his loyalty to his duties and to the Taiwanese leader.

Chang's case has come as mid-level officials from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan are expected to gather in Taiwan this month to discuss a controversial pact related to tradeable goods.

 
 
 
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