The head of the Mainland Affairs Council, Katherine Chang, has reminded the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) that it does not have the authority to sign a peace accord with China.
The reminder that the KMT does not represent the government of Taiwan comes on the eve of a meeting in Beijing between KMT Chair Hung Hsiu-chu and the head of the Chinese Communist Party and Chinese president Xi Jinping.
The KMT has held an annual party-to-party forum with the Communist Party since 2006. In previous years the meeting was referred to as the Cross-strait Economic, Trade and Cultural Forum. But this year, the first year since 2008 that the KMT is not in government in Taiwan, it has been renamed the Cross-strait Peaceful Development Forum.
KMT leader Hung Hsiu-chu has advocated the signing of a peace accord with Beijing. Katherine Chang, whose agency is in charge of charting official policy regarding China, said the government views the forum as a form of civilian exchange. But she reminded the KMT delegation not to overstep the bounds of Taiwan's laws concerning cross-strait exchanges.
"This is a civilian exchange but it must conform to the articles of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area," said Chang. "On matters that concern public authority no agreement may be signed without the authorization of the government. Especially when it comes to a peace accord, we would like to state this again."
Source: Radio Taiwan International