ECFA to endanger Taiwan democracy and human right: warned Chinese democracy activists

ECFA to endanger Taiwan democracy and human right: warned Chinese democracy activists

A conference held yesterday in Taipei touched on the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) warned that Taiwan’s democracy and human right may be in retrograde under the impact of ‘Beijing Consensus.”

Organized by Taiwan Society, the conference saw a number of China democracy activists, including Wang Dan, Chen Jin-song and Taiwan former Government Information Chief Hsieh Chih-wei and so on.

“China is by no means to help revitalize Taiwan economy as it has declared,” argued Chen Jin-song, who participated in 1989 Guanjhou Democracy Movement in China. He continued that China’s purpose is to bring Taiwan under its control through economic cooperation and eventually realize its goal of uniting Taiwan politically.”

“The key point to Taiwan consists in the consolidated democracy,” pointed out Wang Dan, the leading activist in 1989 Democracy Movement in China. “I’m worried that Taiwan is greatly influenced by ‘Beijing Consensus’ or ‘China Consensus’ now.

The so-called ‘Beijing Consensus’ refers to rapid economic development in the cost of everything from broadening wealthy-poor gap, environmental pollution to military killing occurred in 1989.

Meanwhile, Huang Fan-zhang, Director of Center for Social and Economic Studies under China Reform Forum suggested a certain political prerequisite while commencing economic cooperation across the Taiwan Strait, according to local report.

This recent article on ECFA was published in January issue of China Review.

He suggested integrating items such as the 1992 Consensus, touching on the subject of the "One China principle," elaborating that both sides recognize there is only one China - both mainland China and Taiwan belong to the same China, but both sides differ on the definition of that one China.

In response, Democracy Progressive Party (DPP) legislative Yeh Yi-jin was quoted by local media as saying that Ma Administration’s ECFA proposal seeking economic ties with China has put Taiwan’s sovereignty in danger.
Amid the controversy around the deal, Vice President Vincent Siew said yesterday that the proposed cross-strait ECFA could be thought of as "the threshold" that Taiwan needs to cross before negotiating free trade agreements with other trading partners.

Signing a trade deal with China would also improve Taiwan's investment environment, said Vice President Siew during an interview with Central News Agency (CAN) yesterday.

"Taiwan will become more attractive to international enterprises as a base to explore the Chinese market with the establishment of across-strait economic exchange mechanism," he said.

Updated : 2021-03-03 17:44 GMT+08:00