Taiwan Affairs Office

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Taiwan Affairs Office
of the State Council
Guówùyuàn Táiwān Shìwù Bàngōngshì
Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council PRC.png
Agency overview
Formed 1988
Jurisdiction  People's Republic of China
Headquarters Beijing
Agency executives
Parent agency State Council
Child agency
Website www.gwytb.gov.cn (in English)
Taiwan Affairs Office
Simplified Chinese 国务院台湾事务办公室
Traditional Chinese 國務院台灣事務辦公室
Initial name
Simplified Chinese 国台办
Traditional Chinese 國台辦

The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council 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, censors and releases news and information concerning Taiwan affairs, and handles major incidents related to Taiwan.[3]

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.

Organizational structure[edit]

  • Department of Secretary
  • Department of Personnel
  • Department of Integration
  • Department of Research
  • Department of Information
  • Department of Economy
  • Department of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Related to Taiwan
  • Department of Exchange
  • Department of Law and Regulation
  • Department of Complaints and Coordination
  • CPC Committee Office of the Taiwan Affairs Office

List of directors[edit]

Zhang Zhijun
List of Directors
Name Duration of Office
Ding Guangen (1988–1990)
Wang Zhaoguo (1990–1996)
Chen Yunlin January 1997 – June 2008
Wang Yi September 2008 – 17 March 2013
Zhang Zhijun 17 March 2013 – Incumbent

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shih Hsiu-chuan, Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung (23 March 2013). "Jiang clarifies ‘1992 consensus’ position". Taipei Times. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.gwytb.gov.cn/en/Introduction/PrincipalOfficials/201103/t20110316_1789193.htm
  3. ^ Blanchard, Ben (25 Jun 2016). "China says has stopped communication mechanism with Taiwan". Reuters. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 

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