Taiwan Affairs Office
|Taiwan Affairs Office
of the State Council
|Jurisdiction||People's Republic of China|
|Agency executives||Zhang Zhijun, Minister
Chen Yuanfeng, Vice Ministers
|Parent agency||State Council|
|Child agency||Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits|
The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council (simplified Chinese: 国务院台湾事务办公室; traditional Chinese: 國務院台灣事務辦公室 or 國務院臺灣事務辦公室; pinyin: Guówùyuàn Táiwān Shìwù Bàngōngshì, sometimes abbreviated to simplified Chinese: 国台办; traditional Chinese: 國台辦 or 國臺辦; pinyin: guó tái bàn) is an administrative agency under the State Council of the People's Republic of China. It is responsible for setting and implementing guidelines and policies related to Taiwan, as stipulated by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council itself.
According to the arrangement and authorization of the State Council, the office takes charge of relevant preparations for negotiations and agreements with what the PRC calls the "Taiwan authorities" (i.e., the government of the Republic of China and its authorized government organizations). The agency administers and coordinates direct links in mail, transport and trade across the Taiwan Strait, takes charge of the media and publicity work related to Taiwan, releases news and information concerning Taiwan affairs, and handles major incidents related to Taiwan.
The Taiwan Affairs Council is also responsible for the coordination with overall planning the economic relations and trade related to Taiwan and exchanges and cooperation in such areas as finance, culture, academic research, sports, science and technology, health, and others with the departments concerned. It also manages personnel exchange, observations and symposia between the two sides and relevant work on international conferences involving Taiwan.
Members of the Taiwan Affairs Office are simultaneously members of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Taiwan Task Office. The latter title is used when dealing with officials in Taiwan on a party-to-party basis.
List of directors
|List of Directors|
|Name||Duration of Office|
|Chen Yunlin||January 1997 – June 2008|
|Wang Yi||September 2008 – 17 March 2013|
|Zhang Zhijun||17 March 2013 – Incumbent|
- Political status of Taiwan, background
- Mainland Affairs Council, counterpart body in Taiwan
- Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, semi-official contact body
- Straits Exchange Foundation, counterpart semi-official contact body in Taiwan
- Taiwan Province, People's Republic of China
- Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office
- Shih Hsiu-chuan, Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung (23 March 2013). "Jiang clarifies ‘1992 consensus’ position". Taipei Times. Retrieved 23 March 2013.