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MAC News Briefing Jul 23, 2009

  • The mutual establishment of permanent offices by media agencies across the Strait Must Await SEF/ARATS Negotiations
  • Since Justin Lin’s defection case is still being heard, the MAC has no comment on this matter

MAC Regular Press Briefing

  Briefer : Johnnason Liu, Deputy Minister
Date : July 23, 2009
Location : Taipei


The mutual establishment of permanent offices by media agencies across the Strait must await SEF/ARATS negotiations

QUESTION: Did the MAC Consultative Committee Meeting held today (23rd) discuss the issue of mutually setting up permanent offices by media agencies across the Strait? What were the views of those attending?

DEPUTY MINISTER LIU: Today's meeting studied the overall impact of the Internet on mainland China. Those attending the meeting did not discuss the mutual setting up of permanent offices by media agencies across the Strait.

QUESTION: Mainland Chinese State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesman Yang Yi is about to visit Taiwan. During his visit both sides will certainly exchange views on the mutual setting up of media permanent offices. Is it necessary that in the future the issue be negotiated between the SEF and the ARATS? Or will it be sufficient for the Taiwan side unilaterally to pass laws and regulations and carry it out?


■ The upcoming visit of the “ARATS media exchange delegation” follows that of ARATS Deputy Chairman An Min and Director Zhou Ning of the Law and Regulation Bureau under the Taiwan Affairs Office. It is the third cross-strait exchange delegation between the SEF and the ARATS. The nature of this visit is the same as that of earlier economic and trade and legal exchange delegations. The main purpose of this visit is to increase the understanding of the media development environment on both sides and the laws and regulations that govern it on either side of the Strait. In addition to symposia, the itinerary will include visits to important local news media agencies. The other side will also give briefings of its own on a number of occasions. Even though both sides will raise the issue of establishing cross-strait permanent media branches in their meetings and symposia, this issue will have to be a part of further discussions between the SEF and the ARATS. This delegation, however, has no plans to do so.

■ As far as the Taiwan side is concerned, the MAC must still consult the opinions of the relevant agencies including the Government Information Office, so that we can handle related matters.

QUESTION: Some Taiwanese media are still barred by the Mainland side from sending reporters to cover news in mainland China. Are we thinking about requesting the other side to lift the ban against Taiwanese media on an equal basis?

DEPUTY MINISTER LIU: Taiwan’s media agencies have all gone through a legal application process. Their freedom of news coverage should be fully respected. We hope the Mainland will accord Taiwan media reporters all necessary respect, as well as freedom of entry and exit. We have made this opinion abundantly clear to the other side.

Since Justin Yifu Lin’s defection case is still being heard, the MAC has no comment on this matter

QUESTION: On the Justin Yifu Lin’s defection case, the Control Yuan today (23rd) once again issued a correction to the MND. What influence would a visit of Lin Yifu to his home in Taiwan have on cross-strait relations in the MAC's opinion? Is there a legal way to solve this problem?

DEPUTY MINISTER LIU: This case is still currently being heard in a military court, and the MAC has never commented on any cases being put on trial. Several years ago, however, the litigant expressed his intention to apply to return home to attend a funeral. At that time, the MAC gave approval due to humanitarian considerations, but reminded him of the need to properly face this military law case. In the end, the litigant did not submit his application. The MAC respected his decision.