Main opposition party says it will reject draft legislation that would allow semi-official bodies to open branches in Taiwan and on mainland
Taiwan’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has pledged to stop Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou from allowing cross-strait semi-official organisations to set up reciprocal branch offices.
Joseph Wu Jau-shieh, executive director of the DPP’s Policy Research Committee, said on Wednesday his party would propose a resolution rejecting draft legislation that would enable the mainland’s semi-official Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (Arats) to open a branch office in Taiwan. Arats’ counterpart in Taipei, the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), also wants to open a mainland office.
The island’s ruling Kuomintang said yesterday – after a summit between President Xi Jinping, in the capacity of Communist Party chief, and KMT honorary chairman Wu Poh-hsiung – that it would negotiate with opposition parties to remove the political barriers to establishing reciprocal offices.
“It is just like when we promoted the Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement [ECFA]. We faced many difficulties in Taiwan, and the opposition parties boycotted it in a high-profile manner. But in the end we overcame the difficulties and signed the agreement, “the Kuomintang’s statement said. The EFCA was signed in 2010.
But Joseph Wu was quoted by the pro-independence Liberal Times yesterday as saying: “The DPP is worried about … whether the [Arats] branch in Taipei would play the same role as the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, which would mean that Taiwan recognises that it is part of [the People’s Republic of] China.”
He was also quoted as saying that Ma’s political stance on cross-strait affairs – that of “one Republic of China, two areas” – did not reflect the status quo in Taiwan, and that it would bring “permanent harm” to the island’s future development in the international community. “For [Taiwan’s] political positioning, the DPP believes that there is no grey area, because there’s no way to accept the Hong Kong model,” he said.
On Wednesday, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council reiterated that the island’s relationship with the mainland was based on the Constitution of the Republic of China, not on Beijing’s “one-China principle“. It also stressed that, under the constitution, mainland China is part of the ROC, and both Beijing and Taipei “do not recognise each other’s sovereignty but do not deny each other’s jurisdiction”.
Pro-DPP commentator Wang Hsing-ching, who writes under the name Nanfang Shuo, said that interpretation was “out of date” and unconvincing. Wang also claimed that “Ma’s so-called Beijing-friendly cross-strait policies benefit only some financial cliques and big families.”
Source: SCMP “Taiwan opposition party DPP to block reciprocal offices with China”
Note: That is a wield situation. When the DPP was in power, Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian of the DPP dared not openly advocate Taiwan independence for fear of losing US support though almost all DPP members advocated Taiwan independence then,.
At that time the DPP denied the existence of “consensus of 1992” reached by representatives of both sides in 1992: “Both sides of the Taiwan Strait agree that there is only one China. However, the two sides of the Strait have different opinions as to the meaning of ‘one China’.”
It means that the PRC regards itself as the only China and Taiwan as a part of it while Taiwan regards its Republic of China (ROC) as the only China and the Chinese mainland as a part of the ROC. There are now two separate independent jurisdictions but both are China, i.e. only one China. A wield consensus!
At that time, for the pro-independence DPP, the consensus is unacceptable. It wants one China and one Taiwan.
Since the KMT came into power in 2008, it has made great efforts for closer economic relations across the Taiwan Strait. It concluded the Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement with the mainland and has thus made Taiwan increasingly dependent on the mainland.
Lots of Taiwanese are now making lots of money on the mainland; lots of Taiwanese on the mainland and in Taiwan have married mainland women; and lots of mainland tourists are bringing lots of Renminbi to Taiwan. All those activities are making great contributions to Taiwan’s economy and building up increasingly closer relations between the two sides.
As a result, quite a few DPP members have changed their minds and support the one-China idea now. In October, 2012, DPP heavyweight Frank Hsieh who represents quite a large number of DPP members, made an ice-breaking visit to the PRC and put forth his constitutional consensus to replace the “consensus of 1992” and accept the one-China idea. His trick is that the constitutions on both sides of the strait provide that there is only one China. That is in fact a one-China consensus.
Now, the two sides are making great efforts to set up reciprocal representative offices across the strait. For Taiwan, its office on the mainland may function like a consulate to provide indispensable services for Taiwanese people. However, as point out in my post “China and Taiwan Cross-strait Representative Offices: One Offensive, the other Defensive” on May 7, 2013, the mainland office in Taiwan will certainly launch peaceful offensives in Taiwan for unification of Taiwan with the mainland. That will be a war without gunpowder for unification much better than military attack.
Can Taiwan resist the offensives?Source: SCMP – Taiwan opposition party DPP to block reciprocal offices with China
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