As the Legislative Yuan finally gets around to passing the budget, another set of resolutions was mentioned in a Liberty Times article today. (CNA article here.)
The first is a DPP resolution that reads as follows and was passed on Tuesday by the KMT-controlled legislature:
「中華民國（台灣）為主權獨立國家，與中華人民共和國分離而治，互不隸屬。我國政府各級公職人員於兩國協商或任何兩國人士官方、非官方場合會面，均應以『正式官銜』參與，不應自我矮化，損害我國國格」。Seems like a pretty good resolution. It had bipartisan support, defines cross-strait relations as country-to-country, and calls for real officials to be involved in all negotations.
The Republic of China (Taiwan) is a sovereign and independent country, governed separately from the People's Republic of China, and neither [the PRC or ROC] has jurisdiction over the other. During country-to-country negotiations and meetings between officials of the two countries at both official and unofficial forums, representatives from all levels of our government should without exception participate in their capacity as formal government representatives, and should neither lower our status nor damage our national dignity.
Last night, a similar KMT measure passed. The content is as follows:
「我國政府各級公職人員於兩岸協商，或任何兩岸人士於官方或非官方場合會面，均應以對等、尊重方式參與，如對方以正式官銜出席，我方亦應以正式官銜出席，不應自我矮化、損害我國國格」。This resolution basically gives the administration room to send unofficial representatives when China does the same, which seems practical enough to me and is likely intended to leave an opening for party-to-party negotiations and unofficial meetings.
During cross-strait negotiations and meetings at official and unofficial forums, our government officials from all levels of government should without exception participate on equal footing and in a respectful manner. If the other side official representatives, our side ought also to send official representatives, and should neither lower our status nor damage our national dignity.
The resolutions are not in contradiction and, if I'm not mistaken, carry the power of law. So does this mean that we now have a law on the books that says ROC = Taiwan and that the PRC and ROC both exist as separate, equal entities which are not subordinate to each other? I think so. Correct me if I'm wrong. Update: Maddog corrects this by pointing out the resolutions do not have the force of law.
And in Ma's reading of the constitution, is the DPP resolution unconstitutional?