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Legislature may restrict MAC minister in China meeting

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

The legislature is expected to adopt a resolution to pre-empt possible political fallout against the upcoming visit of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) to China, based on the consensus reached at a cross-party negotiation meeting yesterday.

At a plenary session on Tuesday next week, the last day of the current session, the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are set to jointly table a resolution, the contents of which were agreed to by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

TSU Legislator Hsu Chung-hsin (許忠信) said that representatives of all three parties signed the proposal, while MAC Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀), who was present at the meeting, also considered the draft acceptable.

If the proposal is adopted, Wang will be held responsible should he hurt the nation’s sovereignty after he returns from his meeting with China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun (張志軍).

Wang shall not sign any document or issue any joint statement of any kind or accept any Chinese claims that promote ideas such as the “one China framework” or “anti-Taiwan independence,” the TSU proposal said.

The DPP said in the proposal that Wang should not sign any document with China that involved political ideas such as “one China,” “one China framework,” “one China, two areas,” “military mutual-trust mechanism,” “peace agreement,” or “interim political relationships” that could pave the way for political negotiations.

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