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    *A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS,

    DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY, TAIWAN

    Highlight of DPP Events in March

    The DPP on CECA/ECFA: 3 NOs &4 SHOULDs

    DPP Survey on CECA

    2009 Taiwans Accession to WHO and WHATwo differentapproaches and what we are paying for what?

    DPP Chairperson Dr. Tsai Ing-wens first visit to Japan

    Coming up in April!

    2nd phase of the Taiwan Citizen Conference on National Affairs:

    ECFA: A Bridge or a Dead-End? - A Comprehensive Analysis of the Ma

    Administrations Cross-Strait Policies

    When?April 11th, 2009

    Where? International Conference Room, National Central Library

    Themes: The conference will focus on three policy perspectives: economy and trade (Session 1:On the Road to the One-China Market?), national security and stability in Asia-Pacific region(Session 2: On the path to the unification and the Chinese hegemony?), and social impacts andsystem reform (Session 3: Is China the only remedy for Taiwans economy?).

    For a detailed agenda and list of speakers and commentators: www.dpp.org.tw, or contact theDPP Department of International Affairs ([email protected], +886-2-23929989 ext. 306)

    Progress

    Democracy &ARCH2009

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    Highlights of DPP events in March

    March 4 The DPP Central Standing Committee invited Hung Tsai-lung, associate research fellowfrom Taiwan Institute of Economic Research to present his research on CECA (ECFA)and Chien-Yuan Tseng from Taiwan Friends of Tibet to brief re: current situation in Tibet.

    March 7 Dr. Tsai attended the commemoration for Lei Chen, one of the pioneers of Taiwans

    democratic movement and conference on Lei Chen, Role of the Opposition Party andSocial Movements

    March 9 The DPP weekly policy meeting () continued discussing the issue ofCECA (ECFA)

    March 10 The DPP mayors and county magistrates issued a joint statement responding to thecentral governments special budget proposal for the Expansion of Investment inInfrastructure Construction.

    March 11 The DPP Central Standing Committee met and discussed the issue of CECA (ECFA):1. Signing the CECA (ECFA) should be authorized through a referendum;2. Reviewing the current Cross-strait policy-making system: government practice, legalframework, ratification process, and referendum law.

    March 11 Dr. Tsai met with representatives from civic groups to exchange views on socialmovements and social reforms

    March 12 The DPP Survey Center released its latest public survey on CECA (ECFA).

    March 13 DPP press conference on CECA (ECFA): the 3 NOs and the 4 Shoulds

    March 14& 16

    March 14th

    is the 4th

    anniversary of Chinas passage on the Anti-Secession Law.This year, the DPP joined the efforts of the Tibetans in exile, calling for peace, freedom,human rights and democracy. The DPP also joined a peaceful rally held by TaiwanFriends of Tibet () on March 16.

    March15-17

    Dr. Tsais first visit to Japan as the DPP Chairperson

    March 16 The DPP launched a blog campaign at www.wretch.cc/blog/supervisor09, calling forsupervising government spending on public construction in its economic stimuluspackage, which has been criticized as economically inefficient and failing to address theneeds of the countrys development.

    March 18 The DPP Central Executive passed the resolution on Taiwan first, Buy locallycalling for having government procurement, while not violating the WTO rules,meeting the three Firsts: Green First, Locally-bought First, andTaiwan-made First.

    March 19,20 etc

    Dr. Tsai and Spokesperson Cheng Wen-tsang called for more transparency and acomprehensive industrial risk assessment concerning CECA

    March 22 Dr. Tsai met with more than 100 representatives from womens rights NGOs in Kaohsiungon womens participation in politics and the possible impact of CECA (ECFA) fromwomens perspectives.

    March 23 The DPP weekly policy meeting () continued discussing the issue ofTaiwans 2009 participation in WHO and WHA

    March 25 The press conference by Dr. Tsai, former VP Annette Lu, former Premier Yu Shyi-kun ,

    former Minister of Interior Affairs Lee Yi-yang and the DPP party caucus whip KurChien-ming, pointed out that the KMT governments suppression and politicalcleansing on the opposition leaders still continued, and there is seriousdiscrimination and bias in the judiciarys investigation, prosecution and legalproceedings re.Special Fee Cases. Investigation on 97 Special Fee cases againstKMT members, including Vincent Hsiao, Lian Chan, Wu Poh-hsiung, LiuChao-shiuan etc, has almost stopped.

    March 25 The DPP Central Standing Committee invited Professor Yan Jiann-fa to present hisevaluation of Taiwans 2009 accession to the WHA.

    March 26 The DPP press conference on responding to the media uncovered that the centralgovernment and Taipei City government use public resources to help the KMTcandidate for Taipei Ta-an legislator by-election. Dr. Tsai expressed her grave

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    concern and called for Central Election Committee Central Election Commissionsaction on necessary investigation and intervention.

    March 28 The DPP lost the by-election for Taipei Ta-an legislator. But the DPP support rate isnearly 40%- the highest (in this district) in the past seven elections.

    March 29 The DPP launched a demonstration on the issue of Graduates unemployment. The jobmarket today is extremely difficult for recent graduates. Today, graduation from collegeusually means the beginning of unemployment. The campaign was launched to call for

    the government to take this issue seriously.

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    THE DPP ON CECA/ECFA:

    3 NOs & 4 SHOULDs

    The DPP is not opposed to normalizing economic and trade relations with China.

    However, normalization has to be done under the framework of an internationalagreement and must not hurt Taiwans sovereignty. If we have to further

    liberalize our economic relations with China, the government must conduct

    in-depth comprehensive assessment, careful planning and most importantly, seek

    public consensus.

    The DPP has been listening to the peoples voice and knows that the society feels

    anxious about what the Ma administration has been doing. If the Ma government

    does not explain clearly nor follow policy-making process in a transparent anddemocratic manner, the society is placed at the risk of further division. It will

    have a grave impact on Taiwans democratic system and might radicalize the

    society for which the ruling party must be held accountable.

    For various reasons elaborated below, we continue to have unanswered questions on ECFA:

    1. What is the political price?

    3 NOs :

    No to One-China Principle;

    No to black-box negotiations;

    No to unemployment;

    4 Shoulds :

    Government should allowindustries (esp. traditionalindustries and SMEs) to participatein the discussion;

    Government should communicatewith the public and help societyunderstand what the CECA

    (EFCA) is;

    There should be debates and talksbetween the ruling and oppositionparties, and 4. Whether to sign theCECA (ECFA) should be decidedby a referendum.

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    With Hus Six Pointsproposition still the

    guiding principle forChinas policy on Taiwan,

    for such a majoreconomic arrangement

    like a CECA, the Taiwangovernment needs to tell

    its people what is thepolitical price made for

    this deal.

    The legislature was not informed prior to the previous four agreements signed with China inNovember 2008.

    According to the agreements, they would take effect within 30 days upon signing, with orwithout the Legislative Yuan having the opportunity to review them. As a result, the

    Legislature Yuan did not get the chance to review the four agreements; the government saidthese are Executive agreements and therefore, no parliamentary review would be needed.

    But who makes the decision that these are executive agreements, especiallywhen these agreements will profoundly affect Taiwan?

    This is in violation of basicdemocratic systemic issues.

    There is not enoughparticipation by the

    Legislative Yuan, the general

    public, and even by thecabinet members.

    When this economic agreement was first raised by President MaYing-Jeou on July, 2008, it was called the ComprehensiveEconomic Cooperation Arrangement, CECA, which meant thatwhat President Ma had in mind was to have something similar tothe Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, CEPAsigned between Hong Kong and China with Article II Principleclearly stating the