The communication platform between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has not been authorized by Taiwanese and it is not monitored by the legislature, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers said yesterday.
The lawmakers made the remarks as a meeting between former KMT chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) was being held yesterday afternoon in Beijing, the first such meeting since Xi became president.
DPP lawmakers told a press conference in Taipei that Taiwan’s sovereignty has been eroded little by little by every KMT-CCP meeting, a mechanism that has dictated the government’s cross-strait policy under President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), while the legislature and the public can do nothing about it.
Ma must explain why he referred to the meeting as “symbolic,” DPP Legislator Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋) said, adding that Wu also has to explain if he has been authorized by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) to conduct political talks with Beijing as stipulated in the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (臺灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例).
More importantly, Lee said, Ma and the KMT’s haste in passing the legislation required for the establishment of representative offices for the Straits Exchange Foundation in China and the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) in Taiwan is highly suspicious, in particular after Ma reaffirmed recently that relations between Taiwan and China are not state-to-state relations.
The DPP would boycott the proposed amendment, Lee said.
DPP Legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) said it appeared that, after the offices have been established, the KMT and the CCP would be inching closer to bilateral political negotiations, which could include exchange visits of high-ranking officials from both sides and the removal of the missiles aimed at Taiwan.
The development is a serious concern for Taiwan as potential KMT-CCP collaboration involves a change to the “status quo,” which Ma pledged during his presidential election campaign would require the consent of all Taiwanese, and the lack of legislative monitoring jeopardizes Taiwan’s democratic values, Chen said.
Chen said diplomatic immunity would not be mentioned in any bilateral agreement because both the KMT and the CCP endorse a “one China” policy, and Beijing is not likely to grant Taiwan the right to visit detained Taiwanese in China.
China’s Xinhua news agency reported that Xi, during his meeting with Wu, said that both sides of the Taiwan Strait should “manage cross-strait affairs from the vantage point of benefiting the entire Zhonghua Minzu (中華民族, “Chinese People”); to recognize the trend of historical development and ensure the continuation of cross-strait relations; the adherence of policy to increase mutual trust, beneficial interaction, being practical and dealing with agreed-upon similarities instead of focusing on differences; as well as the maintenance of the steady progression of the general development of cross-strait relations.”
Wu, for his part, reiterated the so-called “1992 consensus” and “opposition to Taiwan independence” as the basis of political mutual trust.
Additional reporting by staff writer