Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Lin Cho-shui (林濁水), who has been labeled as a guru of Taiwanese independence theory, yesterday called on the government to implement cross-strait direct transportation and lift the 40 percent ceiling on China investment.
"I don't see any reason to oppose the three direct links or why the [current China-bound investment] cap of 40 percent [of a company's net value], which I had ten years ago, is still in existence," Lin said at the launch of his his new book yesterday.
The three direct links refer to direct trade, transportation and postal services across the Taiwan Strait, which were completely suspended in 1949.
"Ten years ago, we were afraid that the opening of the three direct links and closer economic ties would do harm to a growing sense of Taiwanese consciousness. But now, this consciousness has been on the rise over the years," he said.
Add to this an era of globalization, during which businesses, especially from high-tech industries, have completed overall arrangements for both sides of the Taiwan Strait on the basis of the principle of comparative advantages, Lin said.
"Considering this, the negative impact of opening three direct links and relaxing investment barriers on Taiwan's economy would be negligible," Lin said.
He added that maintaining current limitations on cross-strait interaction would only cause inconvenience for businesspeople crossing the strait.
Lin is well known for his interpretation of Taiwan's history with a view that Taiwan has never been part of China and for his legislative work in building Taiwan as an independent nation.
He resigned from the Legislature last month to protest the party's handling of the corruption scandal implicating President Chen Shui-bian (
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