Taiwan–Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council
The Taiwan–Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council (THEC; Chinese: 財團法人臺港經濟文化合作策進會; pinyin: Cáituán Fǎrén Tái–Gǎng Jīngjì Wénhuà Hézuò Cèjìn Huì) represents the Government of Taiwan in talks with Hong Kong, through its counterpart the Hong Kong–Taiwan Economic and Cultural Co-operation and Promotion Council (ECCPC).
|Jurisdiction||Republic of China|
|Headquarters||Zhongzheng, Taipei, Taiwan|
|Website||www.thec.org.tw (in Chinese)|
The THEC was set up in May 2010 in a symbiotic relationship with the Hong Kong ECCPC, similar to that between bodies representing Taiwan and mainland China in cross-strait talks, under a slightly hands-off approach that is often known as the "white glove" policy. The two councils, both with participation by high-ranking ministers, are incorporated as legal entities but will be authorised by the two governments to sign pacts.
The two bodies were established against a background of strengthened Hong Kong-Taiwan links and trade, which match improved China-Taiwan relations.
The THEC has two major committees, one on cultural and one on economic co-operation. This reflects Taiwan's broadbrush approach to its relationship with Hong Kong, and contrasts with the narrower business focus of the Hong Kong side.
- "MAC Deputy Minister Shih Hui-fen to double as SEF vice chair - Focus Taiwan".
- "Taiwan–Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council Elects New Chairman".
- "財團法人臺港經濟文化合作策進會 -".
- Different era and mood for 'little dragons' talks, SCMP, by Fanny W.Y. Fung, 20 April 2010