Any air services agreement between Taiwan and HKG -should- be signed by the appropriate ministers of either side. The problem is BEIJING, *not Taiwan*, sticking it's nose into these matters.
Let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we?
Isnt the HKG SAR -supposed to be- a region with it's own legal autonomy and means to negotiate such matters on it's own? Wasn't that part of the pre-1997 world that was agreed to by the UK and the PRC?
If so, then what's happened to it?
Is this yet another example of the 1 Country/2 systems being proven for the hogwash it is. It's rapidly becoming a 1 Country/1 System situation and if anyone is foolish to feel otherwise, I can provide plenty of evidence in recent times pointing precisely at that. I think we're generally an informed group here, so hopefully I dont have to launch into an Airbus/Boeing type of subsidy exposure battle to prove this point. So, getting to the point: Who is it that is sticking it's nose into HKG's affairs? It's Beijing.
Beijing is the one that is insisting as low-low level as possible official sign the agreement, as part of it's ongoing effort to completely wipe out any recognition that Taiwan is a self governing, democratic island.
Ohh, the words "self-governing, democratic island"!
That's "evil" and "meddlesome" in the 21s century-speak isnt it?
Why, it might "muddy" our access to slave-rate labor in China for products sold at Walmart and KMart!! Heavens we cant ever speak up against that! We must bow to Beijing and thank them for not punishing us.
Taiwan is simply standing up for itself and wanting to have the correct goverment agencies and people charged with responsibility to sign an air service agreement. Taiwan has --every right-- to stand up for it's dignity. If these talks totally collapse and air service in the TWN-HKG stops, send your thank-you notes to Beijing.
In other words: (for those still "challenged" understanding this point) If the US Transportation Department were to sign a new US-UK air services agreement, would you expect President Bush to send a Mobil gas station attendant to sign the treaty and represent the US side instead of Norm Mineta? That's precisely in spirit what Beijing wants Taiwan to do. To bow, spit upon one-self and then kow-tow to more ham-fisted demands from Beijing.
Chiawei said it right. They -are- barbarians. They are proving it well too. So to borrow and use a frequently used Chi-Com mantra:
Why does Beijing have to involve itself in Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan "internal affairs"?
I'm frankly sick of Beijing's attitude. I dare say that 23 million Taiwanese are too.