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Taiwan President Ma in hurry to sign ECFA to push unification with China: Experts

Economic absorption will be followed by political unification: Scholars

Taiwan President Ma in hurry to sign ECFA to push unification with China: Experts

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Ma Ying-jeou is in a hurry to sign an Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement so he can realize his ultimate aim of unification with China, reports quoted experts Sunday.
Ma and his government have been pushing for the ECFA to be signed in May or June, despite widespread opposition within Taiwan.
The first phase of Ma’s plan was to realize a One China economic market, which would lead to political unification, academics told a seminar in Taipei Saturday.
Once Taiwan signed ECFA, its economy would be completely absorbed by China, former Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Joseph Wu told the meeting organized by the Taiwan New Century Foundation.
Since Ma came to power in May 2008, he has been following policies that completely echoed those of the Communist regime in Beijing, said Wu, naming his “diplomatic truce.” The policy amounts to abandoning attempts to win new diplomatic allies overseas on the presumption this will lead China to do the same.
For decades, Taiwan and China have been waging a diplomatic competition to persuade the highest number of countries to recognize their side as a country. Taiwan has 23 allies, mostly small or impoverished nations in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific.
Wang To-far, chairman of the Institute for National Development, said ECFA would lead to the complete annexation of Taiwan’s economy by China, resulting in a One China market. As a result of Ma’s policies, 44 percent of Taiwan’s exports went to China and Hong Kong in January, a clear sign of this trend, Wang said.
The realization of the single market would lead automatically to peaceful political unification the way Beijing wants it, the academic said.
Ruan Ming, adviser to the Taiwan Research Institute, said Ma was acting on Chinese President Hu Jintao’s instructions to put Taiwan on the track to unification and outside of international society.
If the Taiwanese people failed to wake up in time, they would find themselves without a choice,
The opposition Democratic Progressive Party and Taiwan Solidarity Union want a nationwide referendum about ECFA because they say it will harm Taiwan’s sovereignty and decimate its small and medium enterprises by flooding the market with cheap Chinese goods.
The government has been maintaining the view that ECFA is necessary to protect Taiwan’s competitiveness as China, Japan, South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations cut tariffs.
A round of preparatory talks between Taiwan and China about ECFA is scheduled for Taipei later this month.


Updated : 2021-06-17 15:46 GMT+08:00