By: Chen Wei-ting and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, March 7 (CNA) China’s proposal to construct a high-speed rail line between Beijing and Taipei as a national project is a unilateral idea that has not been mentioned to Taiwan, Minister of Transportation and Communications Chen Jian-yu (陳建宇) said Monday.
Chen said such a project has never been discussed between the two sides nor has he ever received any communication from China on the project, was referred to in a draft of China’s 2016-2020 development plan that was released Saturday in Beijing.
“It’s nothing but a unilateral and subjective idea of mainland China,” Chen said. “No discussions have taken place between two sides, let alone consensus.”
Such a project would involve major policy in Taiwan, not just his ministry, Chen said. [FULL STORY]