Premier says no to peace agreement with China

Premier Su Tseng-chang said on Feb. 19 that the Taiwanese people need to be aware that China is the most unfriendly nation to Taiwan. “Taiwan cannot sign such an agreement,” he said. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwan should not sign a peace agreement with China, which he called “the least friendly nation” to Taiwan, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said on Feb. 19.

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Wang Ting-yu (王定宇) asked the premier in an interpellation session about his view on opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih’s (吳敦義) recent comment that the KMT will consider signing a peace agreement with Beijing in accordance with the law if the KMT regains the presidency in 2020.

In response, Su said the Taiwanese people need to be aware that China is the most unfriendly nation to Taiwan. “Taiwan cannot sign such an agreement,” the premier said.

Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) head Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) also said during the session that Taiwanese have great doubts about a peace agreement with China, especially after Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) spoke about reunification with Taiwan based on the “one country, two systems” model.

“Exactly what kind of peace agreement are we signing, if we sign one at this moment?” Chen asked.

A bill that would subject any peace agreement with China to a national referendum was one of 47 bills the DPP government and party legislators agreed Monday to prioritize for review during the current legislative session, which started last Friday.

It would amend the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area to require that a national referendum be held before any cross-strait peace agreement can be formally signed.

The KMT argued that the proposed legislation targeted its Chairman Wu Den-yih because MAC head Chen Ming-tong said the MAC decided to raise the threshold for signing such an agreement after Wu proposed the idea on Feb. 14.

Chen on Feb. 19 defended the bill, which was proposed by his agency, saying that political issues related to China require a high degree of social consensus, and the bill would ensure any cross-strait peace agreement is backed by such a consensus.

By Wang Yang-yu and Christie Chen