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MOEA publishes cartoon to promote ECFA

MOEA publishes cartoon to promote ECFA

The Ministry of Economic Affairs launched cartoons yesterday to promote public understanding of its plans for an Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement with China.
Acting on an idea from Minister Yiin Chii-ming, the illustrated books will tell readers that an ECFA will not harm Taiwan's sovereignty. The opposition has accused the government of being extremely vague about what the treaty should contain, fearing it would damage the country's status as an independent nation and harm its economy.
ECFA will involve complex trade negotiations, Vice Minister John Deng told reporters at the news conference launching the cartoons. There were lots of questions from the public about the need for the treaty and about its effect on Taiwan's sovereignty, he said, so there was a need for a light, lively and easy to understand manner in which to answer questions from the public. The books feature stories told in four illustrations, known as four-cell gag strips or yonkoma in traditional Japanese manga.
The volume on sovereignty repeats the already familiar government stance that ECFA is a purely economic accord which will not touch on issues of unification or independence. The agreement will lead to the sale of Taiwanese products, not the sale of Taiwan to China, the cartoon reads.
The cartoons also say ECFA is necessary because beginning from next year, China and the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will drastically cut tariffs on each other's products, or even abolish them altogether. Taiwan's products will still be subject to rates of 5 percent to 10 percent, so they will lose their competitiveness if nothing is done, according to the cartoons.
Deng also introduced two humorous spokespersons for its campaign, Brother Number One or "Yi Ge" and Mrs. Fa or "Fa Sao," named for the resemblance in Chinese and Taiwanese of those names to EC and FA.
The ministry was planning to continue its promotion campaign with seminars, broadcasts, and essay competitions, reports said.
One of Taiwan's most prominent economic think thanks, the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research, is scheduled to publish its long-awaited government-commissioned ECFA report next Wednesday.


Updated : 2021-10-20 02:14 GMT+08:00