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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Taiwan's treacherous opposition

The "secret meeting"

According to today's Taipei Times, the allegations about a "secret meeting" made by the DPP were based on "intelligence indicating that the KMT inked a secret agreement with high-ranking Chinese officials in Bangkok in the run-up to last year's presidential election" -- not "American intelligence" about which I expressed doubt earlier.

Although this sounds exactly like something the KMT would do, it must be treated dubiously until such evidence is presented. At that point, slam the rule of law upon the fuckers!

The betrayal
The Taipei Times article mentioned above also details the touchy nature of the KMT's dealings in China. According to DPP lawmaker and former lawyer Hsu Kuo-yung:
If the [KMT] delegation enters into any agreement with the Chinese government, regardless of whether it is in writing or spoken, they will be usurping the authority of the government and violating the Criminal Code.

Article 113 of the Criminal Code stipulates that persons not authorized by the government who take the liberty of signing a contract or agreement with a foreign government are subject to a minimum sentence of seven years in prison and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Seemingly conflicting information from Taiwan's e-Government Website says:
[...] if the KMT signed any written agreement with China, it would be in violation of the Statute Governing the Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, which prohibits civic organizations from signing any agreement on issues involving government authorities and politics with China unless they are authorized by the government. According to the statute, violators can be fined up to NT$2 million (US$63,492), and if the offense is considered very serious, a jail term of up to five years can be imposed.
I think DPP Secretary General Lee Yi-yang makes things abundantly clear in this BBC article:
While Taiwan's government and the international community condemned China's anti-secession legislation, the KMT has become the Chinese communists' propaganda tool.
Following so closely on the heels of a huge demonstration against China's aggressive "anti-secession" law, and with the KMT in denial of that expression of democracy, they're not just "tools" -- they're utter fools.
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