Whether Taiwan should accept a pair of giant pandas that China has offered as so-called "gifts" hinges on whether China will respect Taiwan as a sovereign state, the vice chairman of the Council of Agriculture (COA) said yesterday.
Lee Chien-chuan (
Article 10 of the CITES stipulates that: "Where export or re-export is to, or import is from, a State not a Party to the present Convention, comparable documentation issued by the competent authorities in that State which substantially conforms with the requirements of the present Convention for permits and certificates may be accepted in lieu thereof by any Party."
Lee made the remarks during a meeting at the legislative caucus of the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), where TSU legislative whip Liao Pen-yan (
Beijing offered Taiwan the pandas last May when then Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Lien Chan (
Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Joseph Wu (
Also attending the meeting, TSU Legislator Yin Ling-ying (