Fri, Apr 17, 2009 - Page 3 News List

KMT lawmaker proposes restrictions for negotiators

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) confirmed yesterday that he would launch a proposal banning family members of cross-strait negotiators from investing in China.

When approached for comment in the legislature, Wu dismissed media speculation that his proposal was targeted at Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Chiang Pin-kung (江丙坤).

Wu’s proposal came after the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) reported on Tuesday that Chiang’s son had obtained special privileges to sell Chinese steel.

Chiang issued a statement the same day, saying that he had asked his family to reduce business ties with China after he took office.

Whether Chiang’s son should have avoided conflict of interest has become a subject of debate at the Legislative Yuan.

The Liberty Times reported yesterday that Wu’s proposal could imply that Chiang might be replaced.

But KMT caucus whip Lin Yi-shih (林益世) said he believed Wu’s proposal was not personal when asked for comment yesterday.

KMT Legislator Lee Chia-chin (李嘉進), who is close to Chiang, said Wu’s proposal “creeped him out.”

“I’m getting goose bumps just talking to you about the bill,” Lee said.

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