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|Thursday, August 30, 2001, updated at 16:56(GMT+8)|
Taiwan Authorities Urged to Promote Cross-Straits Economic & Trade ExchangesTaiwan "Economic Development Consulting Committee" recently passed the 36 consensus by the cross-Straits group. Some Taiwan merchants in Beijing welcomed this decision by Taiwan authorities to give up the policy of "no haste, be patient". However, they are worried about the evasive practices of Taiwan authorities to the "'92 Consensus" and questioned whether the "Consensus" by the "Economic Development Consulting Committee" could be carried out. They appealed to the authorities to take practical actions for promoting the economic and trade exchanges between the two sides.
Li Fusheng, president and general manager of Beijing Shansheng Trade Co., Ltd., holds an affirmative attitude towards the Consensus by the "Committee" during an interview with the journalists. He said that the meeting held by the Committee has proved that the policy of "no haste, be patient" has been shattered to pieces. The consensus will be helpful to promote cross-Straits economic exchanges, especially the Taiwan economy if implemented.
However, Li pointed out to what extent the consensus can be put into practice is still a question. Will the administrations really follow out the consensus? To which degree can the "risk management" be handled? What's the proportion? All these still remain questionable.
He thought that the major factor influencing the implementation of the consensus is the obscure attitude and practices of the "Committee" towards the "'92 Consensus". The "'92 Consensus" is the keynote, Li said, the one China Policy is the minimum principle. Only by admitting the "'92 Consensus", can the two sides restart the negotiations. Without commitment to the "'92 Consensus", the consensus by the "Economic Development Consulting Committee" could only be "a lopsided consensus".
Li Fusheng added that leaders of Taiwan authorities convened the conference by the "Economic Development Consulting Committee" in order to mitigate the complaints of Taiwan masses and canvass for the election at the end of the year. If they really want to improve the cross-Straits relationship and the situation of Taiwan's economy, they should admit the "'92 Consensus".
Lin Yanhong, general manager of Beijing Tongyi Edible Oil Co., Ltd., said that leaders of Taiwan authorities have been at their wits' end in improving the political and economic situations in the Island. What they could do now is only to ask the "Economic Development Consulting Committee" to do in their stead. He noted that Taiwan-funded enterprises have always been demanding the authorities to abolish the policy of "no haste, be patient" and achieve "three linkups" between the two sides of the Straits as quickly as possible.
Xiao Mingren, person in charge of the Beijing branch of Fubon Insurance welcomed the consensus reached by the "Economic Development Consulting Committee" in promoting cross-Straits economic and trade exchanges. He thought the consensus will help advance the development of the economic and trade relationship between the two sides.
By PD Online staff member Du Minghua
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