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Siew would keep PRC produce bans

NO SELL-OUT Vincent Siew said a KMT government would not open up Taiwan's agricultural market to Chinese imports and slammed the DPP for saying so

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice presidential candidate Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) vowed yesterday not to relax limits on Chinese agricultural imports if the KMT regains power in next month's election.

"It is an aspersion to claim that the KMT will allow the import of Chinese agricultural products. I assure you all that we will not open up the import market if elected," Siew said at the campaign headquarters in Chiayi County.

He condemned the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for spreading rumors.

KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) also dismissed the accusations and promised to help export Taiwanese fruit to China and protect local farmers' rights if elected.

"Some said that I will sell Taiwan out if elected. I will not sell the nation out, but I will sell Taiwan's fruit to China because the quality of our fruit is excellent," Ma said at the Chiayi headquarters.

Both men denied DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh's (謝長廷) description of their proposed "cross-strait common market" as a "one China market."

Hsieh said on Wednesday that the KMT's proposed "one China market" would create more unemployment and lower salaries in Taiwan and lead the nation to unification with China.

His team made the same criticism at a press conference yesterday, condemning Siew for being the architect of the "cross-strait common market" but refusing to take responsibility for it.

Hsieh spokesman Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) said Siew had proposed the "one China market" as the KMT's new course during a KMT meeting.

Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康), another Hsieh spokesman, said Siew had said in an August 2005 magazine article that the "cross-strait common market" is the "one China market" and made similar remarks in a speech at Tamkang University in December 2005.

Siew said yesterday Hsieh's camp had twisted his words, insisting that he has never used the "one China market" when discussing his cross-strait economic platform.

"The term was created by the DPP to make false accusations. The KMT has proposed a `cross-strait common market' aimed at creating a win-win economic situation across the Taiwan Strait," he said.

He said the "cross-strait common market" was aimed at enhan-cing mutual benefits and economic cooperation across the Strait. It followed the example of the EU model, but was not an exact copy since Taiwan's relations with China were very different from those between European nations, he said.

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