Wu Mei-hung

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Wu Mei-hung
吳美紅
2014 Wang-Zhang Meeting (03).jpg
Wu Mei-hung (right)
Political Deputy Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council of the Republic of China
Incumbent
Assumed office
2 September 2013
Minister Wang Yu-chi
Preceded by Chang Hsien-yao
Personal details
Nationality  Republic of China
Alma mater National Taiwan University

Wu Mei-hung (Chinese: 吳美紅; pinyin: Wú Měihóng) is a politician in the Republic of China. She currently serves as the Political Deputy Minister and Spokesperson of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) of the Executive Yuan.[1][2][3]

ROC Mainland Affairs Council Political Deputy Ministry[edit]

Possibility of Ma-Xi meeting[edit]

On 17 October 2013, Wu said that the possibility of meeting between Ma Ying-jeou and Xi Jinping can only be achieved with the conditions of Leader of Taiwan side must be recognized in his capacity as the President of the Republic of China and that such meeting must be supported by the Taiwanese public. The meeting must also comply with parity and dignity, no matter what the meeting model will be. It must also be held under the condition of nor harming the dignity of the Republic of China, be conductive to the welfare of the Taiwanese and improves cross-strait relations.[4]

Cross-strait relations status quo[edit]

Speaking at a press conference on 31 October 2013, Wu said that most of Taiwanese people support to maintain the status quo on cross-strait relations after a recent survey showed that 71% of Taiwanese support independence from China. Wu said that those people who support independence cannot be simply interpreted as supporting independence. She added that based on the several public opinion polls conducted by the MAC to choose between independence or unification, 80% of the respondents always show the support of maintaining the status quo.[5]

ROC flag display by singer Deserts Chang in UK[edit]

On 14 November 2013, commenting on the cancellation of concert in Beijing by singer Deserts Chang after a Mainland Chinese audience was angry at her displaying the ROC flag in her concert in the United Kingdom earlier, Wu said that she regretted the concert cancellation, but she respected the decision made by Chang, considering performance quality and the safety of concertgoers. The MAC had communicated with Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) over this matter. TAO response was positive by saying that younger generations should increase contact and engagement to enhance mutual understanding, feelings of familiarity and ethnic identity.[6]

Mainland China human rights issues[edit]

On 23 January 2014, Wu called on Beijing government to rationally handle issues of social justice, judicial integrity and human rights in Mainland China. The statement was made one day after a Chinese mainland activist Xu Zhiyong was tried at court for gathering crowds to disrupt public order.[7]

Attracting mainland students to study in Taiwan[edit]

In mid May 2014, Wu said that Taiwan would improve its education and living conditions for the mainland students to attract more mainland students to come to Taiwan to study so that cross-strait communication could be boosted between young people. She added that Taiwan had eased measures to recruit them, such as recognizing mainland universities and colleges degree, increasing the number of mainland students and streamlining the registration process. She said that Taiwan hoped to increase the total number of mainland student to 5,700 later in 2014 from the current 2,850 students.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Executive Yuan appoints new deputies for four agencies(Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)-Press Releases)". Ey.gov.tw. 2013-09-02. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  2. ^ "副主任委員簡介 ─ 行政院大陸委員會全球網". mac.gov.tw. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  3. ^ "MAC minister to visit China over Lantern Festival: source". The China Post. 2013-10-06. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Kuomintang News Network". Kmt.org.tw. 2013-10-18. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  5. ^ "Most people support maintaining status quo in cross-strait ties: MAC | Cross-Strait Affairs | FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS". Focustaiwan.tw. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  6. ^ "Do not 'politicize' flag row: Chinese scholar | Cross-Strait Affairs | FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS". Focustaiwan.tw. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  7. ^ "Taiwan urges 'rational' solution to Chinese rights issues". The China Post. 2014-01-24. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  8. ^ "Taiwan to attract mainland students - Global Times". globaltimes.cn. Retrieved 2014-08-22.