Taiwan to raise press freedom in landmark talks with China
Published on Feb 10, 2014 4:57 PM
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan said on Monday it would raise the issue of press freedom with China at their first government-to-government talks since 1949, after media outlets were refused accreditation for this week's meeting.
The Mainland Affairs Council, which formulates the island's China policy, said its chairman Wang Yu-chi would "discuss issues related to equal exchanges of news information" when he meets with his counterpart Zhang Zhijun, China's Taiwan Affairs Office chief, on Tuesday.
"Press freedom is a universal value. We've repeatedly said that the most important thing regarding news exchange between the two sides is the free and equal flow of information," it said in a statement.
The talks in Nanjing in China's eastern Jiangsu province, and a later visit to Shanghai, are the fruit of years of efforts to normalise relations and mark the first official contact between sitting governments since a split six decades ago.
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