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TSU asks Taiwan Control Yuan to take action against referendum committee over ECFA

TSU asks Taiwan Control Yuan to take action against referendum committee over ECFA

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A delegation from the small opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union visited the Control Yuan, the top government watchdog, Tuesday to ask its members to investigate the Executive Yuan’s Referendum Review Committee for abuse of power over its June 3 rejection of a TSU request for a referendum about the planned Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement with China.
The government wants to sign the accord before the end of this month or in early July while negotiators from both sides held talks in Beijing last Sunday.
The 12 members of the 21-member committee who voted against the TSU proposal exceeded their legal powers and harmed the right of the Taiwanese people to vote in a referendum, party secretary-general Lin Chih-chia told reporters.
Control Yuan member Chao Chang-ping, who met the TSU delegation, said the body would discuss their request and consider its implications.
Apart from launching legal and other action against the committee, the TSU also plans to take part in a protest to be organized by the larger Democratic Progressive Party on June 26. The ECFA opponents hope to rally 100,000 people for marches through Taipei.
The DPP invited former President Lee Teng-hui to the event, but it is not yet known whether he will attend.
Former Premier Su Tseng-chang, who is now the DPP candidate for mayor of Taipei, will be present, reports said. The government needed to take risk management for economic sectors likely to be affected by ECFA more seriously and also respect democracy, Su said.
Signing such an important trade accord with China, a country that was extremely unfriendly toward Taiwan, posed a strong risk to the nation’s sovereignty, he said.
Ruling Kuomintang lawmakers said the Legislative Yuan could hold two special sessions, one in mid-July and another in mid-August, to review ECFA. The DPP said lawmakers should have the right to review and discuss each article and each clause of the accord as well as a government report with the evaluation of ECFA’s impact on various sectors of the economy.
Taiwan’s top ECFA negotiator, Huang Chih-peng, told reporters Tuesday that there might be no need for a fourth round of official talks after the third round in Beijing on June 13. Last Sunday, the talks reached agreement on the text of ECFA and virtually finalized the list of “early harvest” tariff concessions, Huang said.
China was offering benefits for 500 products and services from Taiwan, while Taipei would do the same for 200 Chinese products and services. Huang said that Beijing was still considering the Taiwanese insistence on including certain types of machinery and petrochemical products on the list.
Taiwan’s car industry was reportedly dissatisfied with cars being left off the ECFA early harvest list.
President Ma Ying-jeou said there was the possibility of a second early harvest list but negotiations had not been completed yet. That was the reason why the Ministry of Economic Affairs had not published the contents of the list yet, he said. The DPP has accused the government of surrounding the ECFA talks and their results with excessive secrecy.


Updated : 2021-10-16 10:14 GMT+08:00