Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairman Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) expressed hope yesterday that a soon-to-begin cross-strait agricultural forum will not have a negative impact on Taiwan's agricultural sector.
Fielding questions at the Legislative Yuan, Wu said he expects the forum, scheduled to be held today and tomorrow in Boao, Hainan Island, would be helpful to Taiwanese farmers and fishermen rather than having a disastrous impact on Taiwan's agricultural sector in the long run.
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) honorary chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and Jia Qinglin (賈慶林), chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, will reportedly attend the forum, which is being sponsored by the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Both Taiwan's official and private sectors are watching closely to see whether a consensus will be reached that would benefit Taiwan's farmers.
On Sunday, MAC Vice Chairman Johnnason Liu (劉德勳) urged Beijing to respect the intellectual property rights of Taiwan's farmers and create a regular mechanism as a conduit for solving cross-strait agricultural disputes. He said the KMT should use the forum to demand that China impose strict controls on intellectual property rights infringements on Taiwanese products.
He said it is also hoped that the KMT and CCP delegates will talk about the establishment of a regular dialogue mechanism to allow officials from the two sides to regularly exchange views to help resolve cross-strait agricultural disputes.