Sat, Mar 07, 2009 - Page 1 News List

President, Cabinet differ on ECFA talks

TIMING While the premier said there were no plans to discuss a potential economic pact at cross-strait talks scheduled for May or June, the MAC said that it was possible

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

At a separate setting yesterday, DPP Legislator Lee Chun-yee (李俊毅) said the DPP caucus was shocked that Ma had suggested discussion of an ECFA could be included in the forthcoming Chiang-Chen talks, especially given that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (溫家寶) had recently stated that the signing of an economic pact with Taiwan would have to proceed under the "one China" principle.

"Wen's remarks were very clear in insisting that the economic treaty be signed under the `one China' principle, yet Ma said the pact would not involve the `one China' issue," Lee said, calling on Ma to explain the controversy.

The DPP caucus again called on the government to forward its ECFA proposal for legislative review before Chiang continues talks with his Chinese counterpart.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY RICH CHANG AND CNA

Also See: MOEA preparing position paper explaining ECFA

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