April 17 - Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesperson Fan Liqing commented yesterday (April 16), “We hope that follow-up agreements to the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, including a goods trade pact, will not be hampered by student protests.”
In response to the TAO spokesperson’s remarks, Mr. Hung Tsai-lung, director of the DPP’s China Affairs Department, commented that the purpose of the Cross Strait Agreement Oversight Mechanism is a reflection of the demands by the Taiwanese people towards cross strait agreements.
Director Hung said, “These voices represent the diverse and vibrant voices of a democratic society. An oversight allows for disadvantaged sectors and small and medium enterprises to participate in the process, preventing just the few groups in the KMT and CCP party collaboration to solely benefit. An oversight also allows for the process of signing cross strait agreements to become more democratic and more comprehensive.”
“The cross strait monitoring bill will be helpful to the development and normalization of cross strait relations. Since the services agreement and the goods trade pact were negotiated each in their own way, the goods pact will not be affected. Future contentions in regards to cross strait agreements would be avoided if the KMT follows the principle of first enacting the monitoring bill before reviewing the agreement. Additionally, suspicions of black-box operations would be eased.”
Responding to TAO Spokesperson Fan’s comment that Taiwan independent forces were trying to reinstate into law “state to state relations” and “one country on each side”, which according to Fan is damaging the cross strait peaceful development, Director Hung also responded, “The main spirit of the oversight bill is to allow the people and the legislature to go through a democratic process of debate and civic participation.”
Director Hung emphasized that viewing this oversight bill from the perspectives of partisan divisions or from the stances of independence and unification is the wrong perception not only of the students’ movement, but also of the entire political circumstances in Taiwan at the moment.