DPP tells US it doesn’t fully oppose pact


By Joy Lee, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) mission in the U.S. yesterday issued a statement explaining that it does not fully oppose the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement.

In the DPP’s official statement, it agreed to establish a new law regarding the supervisory mechanism that can be used in regards to cross-strait pacts.

According to the DPP’s statement, the party supports free trade, an open market policy and Taiwan’s inclusion into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but due to the sensitive cross-strait issue, the DPP suggested that the Kuomintang (KMT) government conduct evaluations, consultations and reviews on the service trade pact in a more transparent manner.

The DPP said that when it comes to any negotiation between Taiwan and mainland China, the best way to do it is through a steady and slow-paced procedure.

According to the DPP, establishing a cross-strait agreement supervisory act (兩岸協議監督條例) can assure a smooth and transparent process for dealing with legislative approval of cross-strait agreements.

Establishing a cross-strait agreement supervisory act might be an internal agreement, the DPP said, and it will become a necessary act for the Legislative Yuan to effectively carry out its responsibilities.

According to local media, this is the first time that the DPP issued an official statement in response to statements and questions from the United States.

On April 3, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel said that the United States welcomes the remarkable progress achieved in cross-strait relations under the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou. Meanwhile, David Brown, an expert in cross-strait relations and a professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, condemned the ongoing student protests as illegal actions that would not be condoned in the U.S. when responding to an open letter by DPP lawmaker Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴).

Brown added that the disruptive tactics employed by the opposition party were undemocratic. No Room to Review Pact This Session: DPP DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) yesterday said that the service trade pact cannot fit into this session’s schedule at the Legislative Yuan as a result of the negotiation between the ruling and the opposition parties from last June.

Ker said that the DPP intervened in the review procedure of the service trade pact twice last week, fulfilling the Sunflower Movement’s appeal to establish the cross-strait agreement supervisory act before reviewing the service trade pact.

“With or without the Sunflower Movement, the DPP will not let the service trade pact pass easily,” said Ker.

According to Ker, the KMT should face the students’ appeals and demands first.