Pingtan joint operation must operate under the ECFA: Ma
By Grace Soong, The China PostThe China Post--The “joint management” economic development of the Pingtan Experimental Development Zone (平潭綜合實驗區) between Taiwan and China should, as Premier Sean Chen (陳冲) proposed last Friday, only be discussed under the economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA), President Ma Ying-jeou said, yesterday.
March 22, 2012, 12:27 am TWN
The government's attitude is always Taiwan-centered when dealing with this kind of problem, emphasized Ma, who is also the chairperson of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), when questioned by KMT members at the KMT Central Standing Committee.
Rather than being subject to the “one country, two systems” scheme and its political ramifications, Chen proposed last Friday that the best way to discuss the project would be under the ECFA, specifically Article 6, which would help Taiwan identify mainland China's true motives.
As over 80 percent of Republic of China (R.O.C.) citizens disagree with the “one country, two systems” idea proposed by the PRC, Ma reiterated yesterday that talks on the Pingtan project should be only based off of the ECFA. The “one country, two systems” scheme was suggested by former People's Republic of China (PRC) leader Deng Xiaoping (鄧小平) brought up in the 1980s, which entails unification of Taiwan and mainland China, with Taiwan existing as a region with an independent capitalist economic and political system.