AD HOMINEM:KMT Legislator Alicia Wang said that the amendments improperly targeted President Ma and went against president-elect Tsai’s calls for bipartisanship
Date: Mar 28, 2016
By: Chang Hsiao-ti and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators have proposed amendments to the Act
Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (臺灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例) to require former presidents and vice presidents to obtain official approval from the sitting president prior to visiting China.
The amendments were proposed by DPP legislators Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政) and Chen Ting-fei (陳亭妃).
According to the act, all politically appointed former officials with access to national security information are required to obtain approval from the Ministry of the Interior before visiting China in the first three years after their retirement, Lo said.
However, former presidents and vice presidents, who have superiority access to sensitive information, are exempt from the requirements, and “this gap in Taiwan’s national security makes the amendment necessary,” he said. [FULL STORY]