With the recent national security and diplomatic chaos, the DPP’s Director of Culture and Information Cheng Wen-tsang and Director of International Affairs Lin Chen-wei held a press conference today asking President Ma to answer publicly the following 3 questions: 1) Are you satisfied with the national security team’s handling of the Diaoyutai incident? 2) Do you approve of the situation in which
Director Cheng expressed that during the Diaoyutai incident, the national security team did not perform methodologically and could not consolidate the government’s stance immediately nor effectively. In addition,
Director Lin questioned why the decision-making process was a black box during the renewed talks between the SEF and ARATS and said that he could not see any strategic goals or leadership abilities. The results and the erratic decisions made further allowed
Director Lin also expressed that the Japanese media has already reported that
Director Cheng emphasized that a diplomat working hard on the front lines for the country should be encouraged rather than be attacked or even discredited due to his political stance. Director Lin also expressed that Representative Koh Se-kai tried his best after the incident to work with
Director Lin said that during the Diaoyutai incident, President Ma did not re-examine problems with his diplomatic decisions. Instead, he placed the blame on the representative. Premier Liu Chao-hsuan even made a false accusation, stating that Tsai Ming-yao’s ability to give orders to the Coast Guard was a remnant of the DPP administration. Director Lin pointed out that the DPP has never taken these kinds of actions and that the national security team would first convene a response team. Only after a discussion has taken place would they authorize the Coast Guard to implement response measures—officials from the Foreign Affairs Ministry would not give orders directly.
With regards to National Security Council Secretary-General Su Chi’s proposal of suspending diplomatic competition and arms purchases, Director Lin questioned whether or not this type of strategy was in line with
On the topic of Wang Jin-ping’s proposal that the establishment of diplomatic offices on both sides of the Strait and other important matters should pass through the Legislative Yuan for examination and approval, Director Cheng pointed out that rules on the cross-strait relationship already have provisions for the legislature’s role in monitoring. The regulation of which topics should be discussed and approved by the Legislative Yuan as well as the monitoring and transparency of cross-strait affairs are important mechanisms to guarantee
Director Cheng expressed that particularly in regards to the airports that are involved in the direct links, changes to commercial aviation laws and other relevant regulations should naturally be approved by the Legislative Yuan. In addition, the establishment of representative offices by the SEF and ARATS in each other’s country deals with consular and visa services, which involves relevant diplomatic regulations. The DPP asks its legislative caucus to strengthen the monitoring of cross-strait affairs and let citizens know which matters being discussed on both sides of the Strait will affect their rights and interests.