Month: April 2010

Taiwan parties clash over ECFA

A picture combo shows Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou (left) and Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of Taiwan’s biggest opposition Democratic Progressive Party, during a televised debate in Taipei on a free trade deal with the mainland on Sunday. [AFP]

The debate in Taiwan on Sunday over a comprehensive trade pact with the mainland will not affect the signing of it, experts said, but could get it more support.

The mainland and the ruling party of Taiwan hope an economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA), which aims to normalize mainland-Taiwan economic ties and bring the two economies closer together, can be singed before the end of June.

A third round of negotiations is to begin in May or June in Beijing, including a discussion to finalize the so called “early harvest program”.

Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou, also chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang party, and Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of Taiwan’s biggest opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), held a first-ever televised debate in Taipei on the chances and risks the ECFA will bring to Taiwan.

During the two-and-a-half hour debate, Ma used statistics and examples to elaborate why it is urgent for Taiwan to sign the ECFA. He also demanded Tsai and her camp stop threatening Taiwan people by exaggerating the negative effects of the agreement.

Ma said that during the DPP’s rule from 2000 to 2008, Taiwan’s economy and trade continuously declined due to the DPP’s lack of a policy towards the mainland.

He said signing the ECFA will enable Taiwan to become a major economic and trade hub in the Asia-Pacific region, and save its…

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