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Official says KMT-CPC pacts further complicate situation

Official says KMT-CPC pacts further complicate situation

Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) urged Beijing yesterday to remove barriers to its policy to help bail out ongoing negotiations with Taiwan.
Chen issued the call at a seminar in Kaohsiung City attended by representatives of the local tourism, business and industry sectors.
Chen's comments came after the third economic cooperation forum held between Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang and the Communist Party of China concluded a day earlier in Beijing.
Although the KMT and the CPC reached agreement in several fields, including allowing Taiwan-based universities and businesses to recruit students in China and to invest in Chinese shipping and container companies, Chen, Taiwan's top China policy planner, pointed out that the conclusions are invalid because the KMT does not represent the Taiwan government.
"What the KMT and the CPC have done is more burdensome than beneficial, further complicating the situation," the MAC chief said, adding that "any agreement reached between them must be approved by the government."
Chen called on Beijing to remove barriers to its existing policy toward Taiwan so as to help push forward real negotiations already underway between the two sides.
Pointing to the long-expected opening of Taiwan to Chinese tourists as an example, Chen said that the "simple" issue remains unsolved following Sunday's KMT-CPC forum and ascribed the failure to Beijing's continuous attempts to rehash political issues. "But bilateral negotiations on the issue must go on," he said.
As to the issue concerning Beijing's plan to relay the 2008 Olympic Games torch through Taiwan as part of its domestic route, Chen said that the government will never yield to China's "two-faced" scheme to make Taiwan one of its provinces and thus will not accept the Beijing-proposed relay route.
The main obstacle to Taiwan-China dealings and permanent peace in the Taiwan Strait resides in Beijing's reluctance to recognize this country's existence as an independent sovereignty, he said.
In the face of Beijing's increasing bullying of Taiwan, he also called for concerted efforts from the opposition parties and local governments to forge national consensus and common ground toward China.


Updated : 2021-08-03 03:24 GMT+08:00