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Mainland Affairs Council

News Release

Dec 28, 2010, No. 098

  • Date:2010-12-28

The majority of the public approves the government's negotiating the Cross-Strait Agreement on Medical and Health Cooperation with the Mainland under the principle of upholding the medical and pharmaceutical quality for the people of Taiwan

The Sixth Chiang-Chen Talks will be held in Taipei over three days from today (December 20, 2010). The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) announced the results of its latest public opinion survey, which indicated that over 70 percent of the public support the government’s firm adherence to the principles in negotiations on cross-strait medical and health cooperation issues during the Chiang-Chen Talks to watch over the people's health.

In order to understand the public's views on this round of Talks and cross-strait relations, the MAC commissioned a polling institution to conduct a public opinion survey before the Talks. According to the survey results, the majority of the public supports the principles adhered to by the government in negotiations on the Cross-Strait Agreement on Medical and Health Cooperation, including "not allowing Mainland medical professionals to practice in Taiwan" and "not allowing Mainland investors to establish hospitals in Taiwan" (supported by 75.2 percent of the public) and "not allowing Taiwan's national health insurance program to make payments to Mainland medical facilities" (supported by 71.7 percent of the public).

The MAC stated that institutionalized cross-strait negotiations are important indicators for the development of cross-strait relations. Over 70 percent (72.0 percent) of the public support the handling of issues related to cross-strait exchanges through institutionalized negotiations between the two sides. Additionally, over 70 percent (73.0 percent) of the public believe that institutionalized negotiations are conducive to the peace and stability of cross-strait relations.

The MAC entrusted the TVBS Poll Center to conduct a telephone survey of adults aged 20 and over in the Taiwan Area from December 15 to 16, 2010. A total of 1,085 effective samples were collected, with a sampling error of about 2.98 percent based on a 95 percent confidence level.

Appendix Ι: Summarized Results of the Public Opinion Survey on the "Public Views on the Government's Mainland Policy and Cross-Strait Negotiations" (December 15 ~ December 16, 2010)

Appendix II: Percentage Distribution of the Public Opinion Survey on the "Public Views on the Government's Mainland Policy and Cross-Strait Negotiations" (December 15 ~ December 16, 2010)

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