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Signing of nuclear safety pact defends Taiwan's sovereignty: MAC

ROC Central News Agency

2011/10/21 22:12:56

By Lee Hsin-Yin

Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) The signing of a nuclear safety pact with China has not downgraded Taiwan's national sovereignty as charged by the opposition, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Lai Shin-yuan said Friday.

Lai was responding to a comment by opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen that in signing the pact, Taiwan had fallen into the trap of "one China" as more frequent nuclear safety information exchanges would allow China to intervene in Taiwan's domestic affairs and eventually force unification.

"The DPP is simply libeling the government with loaded language," Lai said at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, where she was meeting the delegation that signed the deal after it returned from China.

"The content of the pact clearly does not give any hint that we are trading our sovereignty with China for the sake of nuclear safety."

The signing of a nuclear safety pact had successfully defended Taiwan's position as all related negotiations were carried out through institutionalized talks, in which Taiwan represented itself as a political entity, Lai said.

As with the 15 cross-strait agreements signed in the talks between Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and its Beijing counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), the nuclear safety pact was "sealed without any political preconditions," Lai said.

The SEF delegation, led by chief negotiator Chiang Pin-kung, concluded their three-day top-level meeting in of Tianjin and handed over the formal agreement to the MAC late Friday.



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