A-gu over at That’s Impossible! had another great catch today with the words of KMT Chairman Wu Po-hsiung as he greeted Chinese officials on his “historic” trip to China.

吳伯雄首先對川震災民表達關切:「我們要為四川的往生者深切哀悼,海峽兩岸同屬中華民族,從此時可看出兩岸人民深層的血緣牽繫。」(YAM)

After some pro-forma remarks about the Sichuan quake, Wu then observed that “the two sides of the Strait belong to the Chinese [ethnic] people.” A-gu opines that the KMT is now spreading this around as a way to get around the sovereignty issue. There are still those out there who fondly imagine that Ma will safeguard Taiwan’s sovereignty….not with this catchphrase.

Another development this week was the suggestion that Taipei and Beijing open representative offices in each other’s capitals. According to the China Post, this came from the new MAC Chairman Lai Shin-yuan…

According to Lai’s position, the government here would welcome the intermediary organizations representing both sides in negotiations to set up representative offices in each other’s territory. This means that Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) would open an office in mainland China, while Beijing’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) would do the same in Taiwan.

Note that by using the “non-governmental” organizations in charge of cross-straits relations, each side avoids the issue of whether they should deal with the other as a “government.”