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DPP to monitor cross-strait talks

DPP to monitor cross-strait talks

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party has decided to organize a mission whose task will be to monitor the long-anticipated talks between the two sides across the Taiwan Strait scheduled to take place from June 11-14 in Beijing.
Legislator Lai Ching-de, a whip of the DPP legislative caucus, said yesterday that the caucus had passed a proposal made by his colleague Tsai Hung-liang that a team should be formed to closely monitor the talks.
"The DPP should not miss any occasions on which cross-strait affairs are discussed, " Tsai said, "particularly at a time when the ruling party is observed to be leaning westward."
According to Tsai, Taiwan is "weakening" in defending its sovereignty. "Taiwan's interests will be damaged if it fails to adhere to its sovereignty during cross-strait negotiations, " the lawmaker predicted.
Lai said the planned DPP monitoring mission will be authorized by the party to make an instant response to any of the conclusions that it believes would harm Taiwan's interests during the talks.
He also suggested that the upcoming cross-strait talks be open to the media to allow for live reporting.
The team will be formed next Monday, with Legislator Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) - also a whip at the DPP legislative caucus - serving as convener, Lai noted.
Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of the quasi-official Straits Exchange Foundation, will depart for Beijing June 11 for the talks with his Chinese counterpart on high-profile issues concerning the launch of weekend cross-strait charter flight services and visits to Taiwan by Chinese tourists.
Talks between SEF and the Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits have been suspended since 1999, when Beijing felt that then-President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) was moving Taiwan toward independence.