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Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) The following is a brief roundup of selected local newspaper editorials Wednesday: UNITED DAILY NEWS: U.S. beef imports flap: Taipei mayor and McDonald's
There are two things that are inspiring after the recent flap over the easing of import restrictions on U.S. beef.
The first one is Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin's campaign to encourage the city's 15,000 hotels, department stores, hypermarts and restaurants to form an alliance whose members will reject the sales of U.S. beef offal, ground beef and spinal cords or their use as ingredients over health concerns.
The other is the announcement by U.S. fast food chain McDonald's that it will not use U.S. beef. We regret the Ma administration's lack of skill and communication in announcing its decision on an issue as important and sensitive as U.S. beef imports.
Has the administration's rhetoric over the past few days assured the public on the safety of imported U.S. beef? Hau and McDonald's have reflected the public's feelings in their latest moves, and the Ma administration should be ashamed of itself for its lack of sensitivity and failing in its duty.
CHINA TIMES:
Look at ECFA from broad, economic perspective Following an estimate by China's Ministry of Commerce that the signing of an economic cooperation framework agreement with Taiwan would provide it with greater economic benefits than Taiwan, opposition against signing such an agreement is again mounting.
The reason for signing such a pact is obvious. The ASEAN plus one (China) free trade zone, to take effect on Jan. 1, 2010, will form the world's largest free trade zone in which tariffs for almost all goods moving within the zone will be reduced to zero.
Excluded from the block, Taiwan's products will be subject to higher tariffs when exported to the countries in the block.
Some might wonder why Taiwan does not ink a free trade agreement (FTA) with the countries in the group to achieve the same purpose of avoiding marginalization.
But Taiwan has been unable to persuade other countries to do so due to political realities. In fact, some are waiting to see Taiwan ink an ECFA with China before agreeing to an FTA.
From a broader perspective, Taiwan cannot postpone signing the agreement any longer.
Some have opposed the pact, citing China's estimate that the deal would boost China's gross domestic product (GDP) by US$27 billion and Taiwan's GDP by US$6.9 billion.
This is an unworthy fallacy, because Taiwan benefits from such an agreement, and without it, its GDP could fall and unemployment could increase.
Moreover, the figures should be seen in the context of economic scale. The pact will help Taiwan's GDP grow by 1.72 percentage points, compared to only 0.63 percent for China.

APPLE DAILY:
Central Committee and Central Standing Committee should be disbanded If the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou has the determination to persuade the party to hold a re-election of its Central Standing Committee (CSC) members, why not eliminate Central Committee and Central Standing Committee members altogether.
Such a move will save the party the trouble of a re-election, make the relation between the Cabinet and the party simple, and even have the party lead the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in becoming an internally democratic party.
Some who are concerned about the development of the KMT have recently made numerous suggestions on the CSC election.
But we think a re-election in the wake of reported rampant vote-buying could only be staged once. If the same senario repeats itself, it will become a farce.
Simplifying party affairs is the inevitable trend of a democratic political party.
On the way toward a democratic party, the Central Committee or CSC members of both the KMT and DPP have become positions offered to return a favor. If the positions have lost their real functions, why not phase them out?
LIBERTY TIMES:
Does President Ma have any credibility left after CSC election? A week ago, the governing Kuomintang (KMT) invalidated the election of two Central Standing Committee members over vote-buying.
The incident led to the mass resignation of committee's elected member and eventually a full by-election.
Ma said such a by-election was a grave matter, as it had never occurred since the party was established or elections of CSC members were first held.
Chairman Ma has used "party reform" as a mantra, but the by-election has highlighted one truth: the internal corruption of the party.
Some who had been elected as CSC members said they tendered their resignation to "implement Ma's will, " but what is Ma's will? In a nutshell, he is trying hard to project an "integrity" image.
If there was a stain in the CSC election, he would rather have a new election to go with the image he is trying to project.
We would like to remind Ma the problems he faces are not just his image, but the nation's welfare. Even if the re-election will restore some of his image, if he continues to act headstrong on matters such as relaxing restrictions on U.S. beef imports, or stick to his China-leaning policy, then he will be taught a lesson in the year-end elections.
(By Lilian Wu)




Updated : 2021-08-05 03:01 GMT+08:00