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Tsai calls on legislators to be open about China trips

STAFF WRITER

MAC Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday expressed her concern about the recent flurry of visits to China by legislators and called for more communication and caution in such matters.

Several KMT and New Party legislators have visited Chinese officials recently.

Tsai said legislators' visits might not be helpful to cross-strait relations, as there was insufficient cross-party communication and, as a result, inadequate transparency obscuring information on the visits.

She called for legislators to defend the national interest and national dignity in their visits and to help push forward the resumption of cross-strait talks through official channels only.

Chen Horng-chi (陳鴻基), leader of the People First Party's Generation-E Alliance, defended the visits, evoking a comparison of the Executive Yuan to basketball forwards and the Legislative Yuan to a guard. "The poor performance of a forward doesn't mean that the guard can't shoot to score," he said

Tsai replied the executive and legislature should strive to reach agreements over the timing of, and personnel involved in, meetings to avoid negative consequences for cross-strait relations. "It takes good communication for a team to play well," she said.

Tsai also called for legislators to make public the programs for their visits and to express their support for the resumption of cross-strait talks through Taiwan's and China's official channels.

Hung Hsing-jung (洪性榮), a KMT legislator and deputy director of the party's Central Policy Committee, proposed that the Legislative Yuan revise current laws to designate the SEF and ARATS as the legitimate channels for visits of government officials from either side of the Strait.

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