Cross-strait exchanges questioned

INTERPELLATION SESSION: The premier and Mainland Affairs Council minister were grilled yesterday at the legislature by Taiwan Statebuilding Party Legislator Chen Po-wei

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 25, 2020
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter

Premier Su Tseng-chang, center, answers a question at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday, accompanied by Veterans Affairs Council Minister Feng Shih-kuan, left, and Vice Minister of National Defense Chang Che-ping.
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

Taiwan and China are two separate nations, and cross-strait exchanges can be beneficial and should not be completely cut off, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told lawmakers yesterday amid questions about the role of the Mainland Affairs Council and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taiwan Statebuilding Party Legislator Chen Po-wei (陳柏惟) said COVID-19 has put the safety of Taiwanese at risk and could tarnish the nation’s reputation, as foreigners often confuse Chinese with Taiwanese “since they all have black hair and yellow skin.”

He asked Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) what the council’s responsibilities were, adding that the council should not be promoting cross-strait exchanges, which China could use to assimilate Taiwanese.

The council works to ensure that protocols for cross-strait exchanges are observed, the nation’s sovereignty is respected and the safety needs of Taiwanese are met, the minister said.

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