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What are the operational functions of the government-established Taiwan–Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council? How is it differentiated from the operations of the MAC's Office of Hong Kong Affairs?

  • Date:2018-07-02

(1) The government supported the establishment of the Taiwan–Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council (THEC) to promote economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation between Taiwan and Hong Kong and assist the government in handling related matters between Taiwan and Hong Kong. The THEC and the Hong Kong–Taiwan Economic and Cultural Co-operation and Promotion Council (ECCPC) on the Hong Kong side have jointly established a platform for communication between officials and industries in Taiwan and Hong Kong to enhance substantive relations between the two sides. The THEC has formed a Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee and Cultural Cooperation Committee as counterparts for the ECCPC's Hong Kong-Taiwan Cultural Co-operation Committee. The committees conduct exchanges and discussions on trade, investment, travel, culture and other bilateral cooperation affairs of mutual concern to Taiwan and Hong Kong.

(2) The Office of Hong Kong Affairs under the MAC is an official government institution stationed in Hong Kong. The Office and THEC play the role of supporting platforms for promoting economic and cultural exchanges between Taiwan and Hong Kong. They are different in nature and responsibilities; as such, there are no problems in terms of differentiating their operations. Furthermore, the director of the Office of Hong Kong Affairs also serves as a director of the THEC. This arrangement also helps to further strengthen the government's work towards Hong Kong and improves Taiwan-Hong Kong relations.