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陳唐山:葛來儀並非支持服貿

近日有國內媒體報導美國台灣專家葛來儀(Bonnie Glasser),提出「服貿未過,台難入TPP的說法」。有網友製圖解釋,該媒體「標題」去頭去尾,沒講清中間的原因。今日民進黨立委陳唐山於立院委員會,也就此議題提出看法。他認為,葛來儀談話重點應是中國試圖控制台灣。

陳唐山今日於在立法院外交及國防委員會,就服務貿易協議議題,以及葛來儀這篇談話發表回應。陳唐山強調,葛來儀是他長久的友人,對台灣民主政治也一向支持,她這番話出來以後,政府看到這篇文章很高興把它登出來。但陳唐山說,這番談話,其中有一個重點他一定要點出來。

陳唐山解釋,葛來儀說法真正的意思,是如果服貿沒有通過,中國會向十二國TPP的成員國施壓,要求這些國家不要支持台灣加入TPP。對此陳唐山質疑,如果中國真得這麼友善,要給我們這麼多好處,為什麼服貿協議不通過,一定會反對我們加入TPP?假如中國真的友善的話,它一定會讓台灣盡量去參與國際組織。

陳唐山強調,根據葛來儀的說法,只要中國把台灣急需的TPP,這個議題拿在手上,就可以持續控制台灣。他也說明,「共匪」從來沒有放棄取得台灣,訂這些條約要非常小心。現在中國要用這些管道「拿走」台灣,但我們政府都假裝不知道。

【自由時報】2014-04-07

 

The Taiwan Protests: Regional and Economic Implications

The occupation of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan and the related mass protests have revealed intense popular opposition to the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement with China. The Diplomat speaks with Bonnie Glaser about the roots of this opposition, and what these protests might mean for cross-strait relations and Taiwan's future trade negotiations.

 

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Double Down on Taiwan

Julia Famularo, Terri Giles | April 1, 2014

Taiwan’s democratic experience, scientific and technological expertise, world-class health care system, and humanitarian assistance have made valuable contributions to people around the world. If Taiwan’s voice is extinguished in the international community, the United States will lose an essential democratic economic and security partner. It is in the U.S. interest to expand Taiwan’s international space by facilitating Taiwan's participation as a member or observer in existing international organizations such as the United Nations, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Although some progress was made last year regarding Taiwanese participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), China insisted that Taiwan participate as a “guest” at the 38th ICAO Assembly. The United States had hoped that Taiwan could participate as an observer. Ad-hoc invitations from China that require annual approval set a poor precedent for consistent, meaningful Taiwanese participation.

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Asia expert Bonnie S. Glaser wrote an excellent article for The National Interest regarding the current state of Taiwanese participation in international organizations. She argues that the “United States should work with other nations to revise or amend the charters or rules of membership for key international organizations so that Taiwan can join in some capacity without raising sovereignty matters. Legal obstacles to Taiwan’s expanded participation can thereby be removed and opportunities can be created for non-sovereign entities to become observers or gain some official standing. This would not fully resolve the issue of Taiwan’s international space, but it would be a helpful interim measure that would enable Taiwan to increase its participation while its international status remains ambiguous.”

Furthermore, Washington should “take concrete steps to support Taiwan’s expanded role in organizations in which it is already a party but has difficulty security meaningful participation, such as the WHO. In discussions with Beijing, US officials should emphasize that China hurts its own goals with Taiwan by its grudging approach to the issue of Taiwan’s international space. Finally, the U.S. should assist Taiwan to make the necessary structural adjustments so it can make gains toward TPP standards and prepare for eventual membership.” Such steps are crucial to make sure that Taiwan, a valuable U.S. partner and reliable stakeholder, can make positive future contributions to the international community.

The United States must act decisively in 2014 to ensure regional peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. It should consequently take immediate steps to strengthen its partnerships with democratic friends and allies, including Taiwan.

Julia Famularo is a Research Affiliate at the Project 2049 Institute. Terri Giles is Executive Director at the Formosa Foundation.


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