A Tricky Move?

Early last month, Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung and Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Chairman Chen Yunlin signed four agreements in Taipei concerning direct sea transport, flights and postal services, along with food safety between China and Taiwan.

I wrote here about the transportation deal and here about the fact that both, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) and the legislature disagree on their respective role in those agreements.

Anyway, it seems that the review process started but without any deal or real exchange between both political parties.

And this morning in Taipei Times, a magical rabbit got out from the hat:

Article 95 of the Statute Governing Relations Between Peoples of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (兩岸人民關係條例) stipulates that a cross-strait agreement takes effect automatically 30 days after being inked if the legislature fails to reject it.”

As a consequence, these agreements would take effect today, even though they have not completed the review process in the legislature.

I do not know if I well understood, but what I am seeing from here is that in one hand “we” show the respect the legislature deserves and in other hand, the article 95 makes the legislature useless.

Unless I misunderstood, it sounds tricky to me…

 

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