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Economy more important than Taiwan Law: MAC

There were still several problems to be solved in cross-strait economic relationship: Liu

Economy more important than Taiwan Law: MAC

Confronted with reports that China planned to draw up a Taiwan Law, the Mainland Affairs Council said yesterday that both countries should focus on economic issues.
A group of academics from China proposed the law and also suggested the formation of a Cross-Straits Relations Committee to replace the existing semi-official bodies in charge of negotiations, Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation and China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits.
MAC spokesman Liu Te-shun said that there were still several problems to be solved in the economic relationship between the two countries, and that those should be the focus of relations, rather than the political issues proposed by the academics.
Liu said he had no idea what the Taiwan Law project was about, and nobody in China had told the MAC about the nature of the proposal.
As to the idea for a Cross-Straits Relations Committee, Liu said the academics might have misinterpreted the recent decision to form a cross-straits economic cooperation committee. He said there were already platforms in place providing opportunities for exchanges with China.
The new economic cooperation committee is a result of the June 29 signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement in Chongqing.
The controversial agreement will lead to tariff cuts for hundreds of products, but critics say it will lead to a dangerous over-reliance of the Taiwanese economy on China, while threatening the survival of the island's traditional industries.
Political problems such as an eventual peace agreement with China were issues that could be discussed in the future, but it was still unclear which problems might surface in the relationship in the future, Liu said. He added the MAC would not comment on future problems.
In a separate development, the government's Referendum Review Committee was reportedly preparing to meet next week to discuss the latest ECFA referendum proposal from the opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union. The committee already rejected a previous TSU referendum request last month and one from the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party last year.
The opposition says a referendum is necessary because ECFA will drastically change the balance between rich and poor in Taiwan and harm the nation's sovereignty.


Updated : 2021-10-19 03:32 GMT+08:00