REVIEW MECHANISM: The bill is a response to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ‘five points,’ which included a proposal to impose ‘one country, two systems’ on Taiwan
Date: Mar 29, 2019
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter
The Executive Yuan yesterday unveiled a draft amendment to the Act Governing
Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (台灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例), which would to introduce a “high threshold” review mechanism for any political agreement signed by the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.
The planned amendment seeks to put in place safeguards before, during and after a cross-strait political agreement is signed.
The Cabinet would have to submit a plan to enter into any political agreement with China to the legislature, as well as assessments of the effects the agreement would have on the nation’s Constitution and political system at least 90 days before a negotiation is scheduled to take place.
Negotiations could only be initiated after the plan has garnered the approval of at least 75 percent of lawmakers during a plenary session with an attendance of at least 75 percent. [FULL STORY]