Wed, May 24, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Lee Chun-yee's China resolution proposal panned

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

From left to right, Democratic Progressive Party legislators in the party's Welfare State Alliance faction You Ching, Chai Trong-rong, Lee Chun-yee, Chiu Chui-chen and Chang Hsiu-chen deliberate on China policy during a meeting yesterday.

PHOTO: WANG MIN-WEI, TAIPEI TIMES

Nearly every member of the Welfare State Alliance, a faction of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), has come out in opposition to DPP Legislator Lee Chun-yee's (李俊毅) proposal to draft a new party resolution on China policy.

They said that the alliance will not support Lee's proposal since it calls for an open approach to China-bound investment.

On Monday, Lee, the leader of the alliance, announced that it planned to hold a meeting yesterday with alliance members to hammer out a new resolution on China policy for the DPP.

Lee, who is also a key member of former premier Frank Hsieh's (謝長廷) team, argued that President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) "active management, effective opening" policy would harm Taiwan's economic development and competitiveness in the long run.

Lee then suggested drafting a new party resolution on China policy calling for the adoption of a more open approach to cross-strait economic exchanges.

During the meeting yesterday, alliance member and DPP Legislator Wang Shih-cheng (王世堅) strongly opposed the proposal, saying that now was not the right time to bring up the issue, and that so far China had not shown any goodwill to Taiwan.

Wang stressed that the Welfare State Alliance was "the last line of defense for defending Taiwan's sovereignty" and that it was inappropriate for the alliance to support a resolution that embraces China's market with open arms.

Wang ripped up a copy of the proposal and threatened to withdraw from the alliance if it insisted on submitting it to the DPP's national convention, which is scheduled to be held in July.

"I don't think this proposal will benefit Hsieh's approval rating," Wang added.

DPP legislators You Ching (尤清), Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮) and a member of the DPP's central standing committee Chou Ching-yu (周清玉) voiced similar opinions.

Facing members' vehement opposition, Lee defended the proposal, saying that it did not mean abandoning Taiwan's sovereignty. He said the alliance would revisit the topic on another occasion.

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