Dear Mr. Tung Chee-hwa ,
It is the time for scholars and experts from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau to talk about
relations as well as various problems facing Taiwan-Macau-Hong Kong-Beijing relationship
in the near future. We, urged Beijing to adopt a pragmatic attitude toward engagements
between Taiwan and Macau after the Portuguese colony reverts to mainland China's rule late
The reports (Taipei, April 3) Lin Chong-pin, vice chairman of the cabinet-level
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) made the appear at the opening session of a two day seminar
on Taiwan-Macau relations, "we also hope mainland leaders will not make
too mush fuss over 'label' or designation issues," Lin said, adding
that mainland authorities should deal with Taiwan-Macau engagements in a pragmatic manner
and based on a reciprocal "win-win" principle. Lin went on to say
that Taiwan and Macau have maintained mutually beneficial relations based on the principle
of reciprocity, two-way trade reached US$ 360 million in 1998, with Taiwan enjoying a
trade surplus of US$ 270 million.
Meanwhile; Lin said, Taiwan people made 820,000 visit to Macau last year, making Taiwan
Macau's second largest source of tourists, second only to mainland China. The number of
Taiwan-Macau flights now accounts for 55.77 percent of Macau's total air traffic volume.
Moreover, over 5,000 Macau residents have studied at various Taiwan universities or
colleges over the past few years. The number of Macau residents who regularly work in
Taiwan ranges between 15,000 to 20,000. "All these figures point to the
ever closer relationship between Taiwan and Macau," Lin noted, adding
that the ROC looks forward to seeing continued growth in Taiwan-Macau exchanges even after
Beijing reclaims the colony.
In our views, Hong Kong could act as a bridge for "modification" under the
spirits of one country, two or three systems, that Taiwan can talk anything to Hong Kong
and Macau. It is a comfort, this is the first time that Taipei has expressed its stance on
issues related to the designation of its representative office in Macau. We optimize that
on your position could give a hand over "win-win" principle.