Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh's (
Playing a segment of a radio program about Siew's "cross-strait common market" concept, Cheng Wen-tsang (
The three steps are "cross-strait transportation links," "an agreement on trade reciprocity" and "a uniform currency and no tariffs," Cheng said.
Cheng urged Siew to act responsibly and refrain from flinching when his theories are challenged.
When questioned by the Hsieh camp, Siew initially accused the rival camp of distorting his idea but later conceded that he had used the term "one China market" in discussing his "cross-strait common market" platform.
Siew, however, argued that his economic policy would not lead to unification with China.
Cheng said yesterday that Siew's proposal to allow the free flow of currency, people, capital, products and services would "poison" rather than "invigorate" the domestic economy.
Hsieh Hsin-ni (
"How does he expect people to believe that he can put his theory into practice if they win?" she said.
During a visit to a temple in Beitou (
Once Chinese workers are allowed into the country, local workers will have a hard time finding a job, he said.
Instead of establishing a "common market," Hsieh said that he had proposed strengthening the crackdown on Chinese products smuggled into the country, tightening inspections of Chinese food products and toys, lowering the inheritance tax to 10 percent, cutting income taxes and attracting global capital to invest in Taiwan.
Meanwhile, the DPP caucus yesterday again criticized KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou's (
"In China, a fake high school diploma costs 200 yuan and a fake college diploma costs NT$1,000, and these fake diplomas are available almost everywhere," DPP legislative caucus whip Yeh Yi-ching (
DPP Legislator Tien Chiu-chin (田秋堇) said she was concerned that the nation's 172 universities and colleges would have a difficult time recruiting students and the 500,000 people whose jobs are related to schools would be under threat if Chinese degrees were recognized.
Additional reporting by Jimmy Chuang