DPP to monitor economic meeting

The China Post news staff

Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday urged party members to closely monitor the inaugural meeting of the cross-Taiwan Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (ECC), which she said could render the nation’s constitutional system void.

Tsai also told DPP lawmakers at a meeting of the party’s legislative caucus to behave cautiously and shun violent confrontations during the visit of China’s top negotiator, Chen Yun-lin. Delegates from Taipei and Beijing will discuss organizing task forces under the ECC, review the implementation of the “early harvest” program under the economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) between the two sides and negotiate follow-up agreements at the meeting today.

Chen Yunlin, president of mainland China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) will be in Taiwan today until Feb. 28.

During his stay, the top Chinese negotiator to Taiwan is scheduled to engage in a string of exchange activities in southern Taiwan, which is a traditional stronghold of the pro-independence DPP. Tsai, the DPP party boss, said the administration of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has adopted policies leaning far too much toward China that have eroded Taiwan’s sovereignty.

She said the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party have joined hands to work out elaborate plans for Chen to visit the counties and cities ruled by the DPP in southern Taiwan in the name of promoting economic and trade interchanges to expose the DPP’s awkward position. Meanwhile, the DPP must also maintain a state of high alert because there can also be conspiracies to mar the DPP’s image and reputation through the instigation of violent protests against Chen’s visit, Tsai added. For his previous visits to Taiwan, Chen and his entourage were always violently harassed DPP supporters, despite leaders of the pro-independence DPP openly calling for peace and the refraining from fierce protest actions.