China’s Beijing-Taipei high-speed rail plan unilateral: minister

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/03/07
By: Chen Wei-ting and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, March 7 (CNA) China’s proposal to construct a high-speed rail line 62805728between 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]

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