Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Vice Chairman Chiang Pin-kun (
"I went to China as a vanguard for the government to help it move forward," Chiang said in an interview with the Broadcasting Corp of China (BCC) yesterday, in response to recent government criticism over his trip.
Since Chiang's return home, the government has shown little enthusiasm for the 10-point proposal he reached with Chinese Communist Party officials.
It is also investigating whether Chiang broke the law by forming an agreement with China without government authority.
"In regards to the 10 proposals, I did not sign any documents with China, and none of the proposals' contents intrude on areas needing government authority. The proposals were simply expressions of willingness," Chiang said.
"In the face of the opposition party's good intentions to help ameliorate cross-strait relations, the government is taking legal action. This is not a result I anticipated, and I feel regret," he said.
Meanwhile, People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (
Soong said the conflict over cross-strait affairs should end.
While speaking to reporters, Soong also mocked the KMT's attitude that the trip was made to accomplish what the government has not been able to, thereby highlighting his party's conflict with the KMT.
"Since Mr. Chiang returned to Taiwan, he has said `what the government cannot do, let the KMT do,'" Soong said.
"When I met with President Chen [Shui-bian (
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