Sun, Mar 12, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Political extremes cool on DPP's economic conference

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) and the People First Party (PFP) yesterday made less-than-thrilled responses to the Cabinet's invitation to attend a conference on sustainable economic growth this summer.

TSU caucus whip David Huang (黃適卓) said that the TSU would support most of the Cabinet's economic policies. But the TSU insists that there is no room for negotiation regarding direct cross-strait flights and the three links, he said.

"We understand that most businesspeople expect the government to lift more restrictions so they can do more business with the Chinese," Huang said. "However, we hope that the result of the conference won't be a green light for these Taiwanese businesspeople."

Huang said that he welcomed the Cabinet's move to invite opposition party figures to participate in the economic conference.

"Direct flights and the three links are not only business issues but also concern national security. We do not feel that there is any room for negotiation at this moment," Huang said.

PFP caucus whip Lu Hsueh-chang (呂學樟) yesterday said that direct flights and the three links should be implemented immediately, instead of waiting until the summer to discuss the issues.

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