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Sovereignty undermined by China visit, DPP says

By Huang Tai-lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) delegation's just-concluded visit to China will be used by Beijing in its strategy to undermine the sovereignty of Republic of China, a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) official said yesterday.

"The government has its own timetable in cross-strait exchanges and remains in control of cross-strait issues," DPP Secretary-General Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋) said yesterday.

"China gains the upper hand when the KMT goes and inks agreements with Beijing, and then returns to Taiwan and reports to the government afterward," Lee said.

"Taiwan's national interests and the people's well-being would be undermined as a result," Lee said.

The 10-point agreement reached between the KMT and Beijing covers a wide range of cross-strait issues, including direct charter flights, agricultural cooperation, tourism, protection for China-based Taiwanese businesspeople and the opening of the Chinese financial market.

Noting that the so-called 10-point proposal was not approved by the government but was nonetheless inked by the KMT and the CCP, Lee said the agreement therefore "in no way can it represent the 23 million people of Taiwan."

"With that in mind, we can't help but ask the KMT: Is Taiwan anarchy? Does the Taiwanese government no longer exist?" Lee said.

The DPP official also said the KMT had become a tool of Beijing to carry out its so-called "united front" tactics against Taiwan.

KMT Vice Chairman Chiang Pin-kun's (江丙坤) visit to China was carried out according to Beijing's illusion created for the benefit of the international community so it will perceive the KMT-CCP meeting as a "domestic visit," Lee said.

The visit gives Beijing a free hand in selecting which party it would like negotiate with and is thus oblivious to the feelings of the 23 million Taiwanese people, Lee said.

It also undermines Taiwan's democracy, he added.

"What' the difference between this [Beijing talking to its preferred party] and it treatment of its administrative regions, such as Hong Kong?" he said.

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