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Former Vice-Premier Qian Qichen's proposal of 7 conditions for Taiwan's autonomy:|
ARTICLE 1 "Taiwan continues to use Taiwanese currency". Analysis says this indicates that future Taiwan can still independently issue its currency, the mainland will not interfere in Taiwan's financial and monetary policies.
ARTICLE 2 "Taiwan continues to retain its armed forces". Analysis maintains this implies that future Taiwan will still have very large autonomy in defense, and the mainland will not send armed forces to Taiwan. This is the power not vested in Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions' governments, demonstrating that Taiwan will have greater autonomy than Hong Kong and Macao.
ARTICLE 3 "Taiwan is an independent tariff zone". Analysis holds this indicates after the two sides of the Straits are reunified, Taiwan will still retain its status as an independent tariff zone, its status and role in the World Trade Organization and other similar organizations will not be affected.
ARTICLE 4 "Taiwan continues to keep the frame of government". Analysis says this shows the mainland will not intervene in Taiwan's current political system (except for violation of the one-China principle), the various kinds of election in the region of Taiwan will still be held as usual.
ARTICLES 5 and 6 respectively are "the mainland will not take a single fen of Taiwan money, nor will it transfer Taiwan's funds", and "Taiwan people and entrepreneurs continue to keep their original property". In the analysis opinion, this indicates that the various assets of Taiwan, including deposited foreign exchange, will not be affected because of reunification, some Taiwan people's doubts and misgivings about "money that would be taken away by the mainland" are unnecessary worries.
The final ARTICLE Taiwan will have "autonomy over personnel affairs, the mainland will not send any officials to Taiwan". Analysis maintains this shows that after the "one country, two systems" principle is realized in Taiwan, the saying that "the mainland will send senior officials to Taiwan for the take-over" is merely rumor, the mainland will fully respect Taiwan's autonomy.
[ Last edited by admchengho at 2007-5-8 11:40 AM ]