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CROSS-STRAIT TALKS: TSU chairman denounces ECC as club for ‘princelings,’ demands transparency

By Rich Chang  /  Staff Reporter

Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) yesterday said the proposed Cross-Strait economic cooperation committee (ECC) was a “club for princelings” from both sides formed to privilege a certain class of individuals in Taiwan and China.

Huang told a press conference that cross-strait negotiations continued to be conducted in a “black box” and that the ECC was also being formed in secrecy and in a manner that kept the public uninformed.

The government has said negotiations on the ECC touched on seven economic sectors, including services, finance and investment, Huang said.

However, once the ECC is formed, exchanges of business information between President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration and the Chinese will occur within the committee’s confines and only its members will benefit from the platform, he said.

The ECC is a body that might be controlled by Beijing once it is formed and matters of economics between Taiwan and China could become China’s domestic affairs, Huang said.

He added that the Taiwanese government’s authority could be hollowed out under the framework.

Taiwan’s sovereignty is gradually fading away under the Ma administration and it is the duty of all Taiwanese to oppose these policies, he said.

On the medical and health cooperation pact signed yesterday, Huang said it would pave the way for the entry of Chinese doctors and medicines to Taiwan.

The appearance of Chinese herbalist doctors especially would have a serious impact on the welfare of Taiwanese doctors operating in that sector, he said, adding that Chinese medicine could also pose a risk to the health of people in Taiwan.

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