Mon, Mar 11, 2002 - Page 2 News List

Committee wants to keep MAC local

CNA , TAIPEI

The legislative rules committee has blocked a bill aimed at making the Mainland Affairs Council answer to the legislative committee in charge of foreign affairs, instead of the one in charge of domestic affairs, for fear of escalating tension in the Taiwan Strait, a ruling party legislative whip said yesterday.

Wang Tuoh (王拓) said that rules committee lawmakers from both the DPP and the opposition parties decided after mutual consultation to temporarily put aside the draft bill out of an agreement to give priority to stabilizing the local political situation and to focus efforts on economic development.

The bill was sponsored by DPP Legislator Chiu Chang (邱彰) and 31 other DPP lawmakers.

Chiu said that the relationship between Taiwan and China belongs to the realm of international foreign affairs and is not a simple matter of domestic affair under the "one China" concept because "nobody can deny that Taiwan possesses sovereignty and does not belong to any other country."

Therefore, she said that the MAC should answer to the legislative Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Committee instead of the Home and Ethnic Affairs Committee.

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