Cabinet pushes for referendum clause on any cross-strait peace treaty

Organizers of the "Formosa Alliance" plead for a referendum on whether Taiwan should declare itself formally independent during a protest in Taipei. (Photo by: Chen Chiau-ge/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images)

TAIPEI (CNA) — The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government and legislators has agreed on to prioritize a bill during the Legislature’s current session that would subject any peace agreement with China to a national referendum.

The consensus was reached at a meeting between the Cabinet (Executive Yuan) and the Legislature (Legislative Yuan) hosted by Deputy Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) and DPP legislative caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), Cabinet spokesperson Kolas Yotaka (谷辣斯‧尤達卡) said Feb. 18.

The legislation, which would amend the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, calls for a national referendum to be held before any cross-Taiwan Strait peace agreement can be formally signed.

The Cabinet’s push to get the amendment passed early this session came after opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) said Feb. 14 that the KMT could sign a peace treaty with Beijing if the KMT regains the presidency in 2020.

The bill was one of 47 bills to be prioritized for review during the current legislative session that started last Friday.

The priority bills have been divided into three categories — major issues of public concern, proposals seeking to strengthen Taiwan’s general strength, and initiatives aimed at protecting Taiwan.

By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao