Premier worries citizen monitoring mechanism would disrupt status quo (2014/04/04)
Another problem Premier Jiang Yi-huah has with the citizens’ version of the monitoring mechanism for cross-strait agreements is that it assumes Taiwan is a sovereign state. Jiang worries this would disrupt the cross-strait status quo by creating a legal basis for the two-nation theory.
After the Cabinet approved its version of a monitoring mechanism for cross-strait agreements, Premier Jiang Yi-huah criticized the citizens’ version.
Premier (April 3)
The citizens’ version of the monitoring mechanism for cross-strait agreements is not based on the existing cross-strait constitutional framework, says Jiang. It opens with discussion of the Republic of China and the People’s Republic of China. An aim of this type of agreement is to change our national identity and status and thereby create a legal basis for the so-called two-nation theory.
DPP Legislator Yu Mei-nu wants Jiang to clarify why the government is opposed to affirming Taiwan’s sovereignty.
President Ma Ying-jeou, are you the president of the Republic of China or the chief executive of a special administrative region of China? asked Yu. Taiwan was originally a sovereign, independent nation, so of course we want to stand on equal ground. If you stand on equal ground, of course you want to hold discussions with the other side based on the idea of Taiwan subjectivity.
Another problem the premier has with the citizens’ proposed monitoring mechanism is that it would extend the review process and delay approval of agreements.
Yu retorted that the problem with the cross-strait trade-in-services pact is that it was negotiated in a non-transparent manner. She says the government has failed to win the confidence of the people, yet is trying to blame the people for delays.
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