Premier denounces China's '26 measures'; KMT welcomes them

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Premier Su Tseng-chang

Premier Su Tseng-chang

Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) China's newly unveiled "26 measures," which claim to give Taiwanese the same treatment as their Chinese counterparts, have sparked contrary responses from Taiwan's two major political parties.

The "26 measures," announced by China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) on Monday, include 13 measures that allow Taiwanese-invested companies operating in China to take part in the development of technology infrastructure and 5G systems and invest in airports and civil aviation services.

Another measure promises to have Chinese embassies and consulates provide services to Taiwanese traveling overseas, and the others promise to treat Taiwanese in China the same as Chinese citizens, offering greater convenience in transportation, housing and the evaluation of professional titles, the TAO said.

The Presidential Office and Taiwan's top policymaking body on China, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), both denounced the measures Monday, and Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) joined the chorus of disapproval on Tuesday.

Su, of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said in Taichung that several of the measures raised by China were clearly double-edged swords.

He said China was suppressing Taiwan in the international community but offering to provide Taiwanese services at its overseas embassies.

Two other measures encourage Taiwanese athletes to compete and train in China, but China has repeatedly suppressed the participation of Taiwanese athletes in international sporting events, he contended.

Su also relied on the number of measures -- 26 -- to pan the proposal, saying the Taiwanese pronunciation of "2" was similar to the word "suppression," and "6 measures" sounded like "clasp," implying that the Taiwanese people should be wary of China's intentions.

Taiwan must not be fooled by China's candy-coated poison, he said.

In Pingtung on Tuesday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) also spoke out against the measures, saying without any elaboration that the "26 measures" were aimed at implementing the "one country, two systems" formula on Taiwan.

She said Beijing's decision to promote the measures in the midst of election season led to the natural conclusion that it intends to influence Taiwan's presidential and legislative elections in January 2020.

"One country, two systems" refers to the system China uses to govern distinct areas such as Hong Kong and Macau in which they are considered a part of China but are allowed, at least in theory, to retain their own economic and administrative systems.

The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) released a statement Tuesday welcoming the measures.

Quoting the TAO's statement, the KMT said the "26 measures" are designed to further promote cross-strait exchanges, and share "the mainland's development opportunities with Taiwan compatriots and provide them with equal treatment," something the KMT said it is happy to see.

The KMT also criticized the DPP's response toward the measures, accusing the ruling party of using cross-strait issues as a weapon to remain in power.

Should the KMT return to power in next year's elections, they will resume negotiations with China via official channels in order to maintain peace and safeguard the rights of people and businesses, the statement said.

(By Su Mu-chun, Wang Cheng-chung, Kuo Chih-hsuan and Chiang Yi-ching)
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