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Officials to report to public on ECFA talks: president

Officials to report to public on ECFA talks: president

Taipei, March 31 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday that the relevant officials will report to the public on the results of the second round of negotiations between Taiwan and China on a trade pact.
Ma said that after the two-day talks that began Wednesday in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan, the officials will report first to Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and the various party caucuses in the legislature and then to the public on the latest developments in the negotiations.
"Once it will not affect subsequent talks, we will inform the public of the results of the negotiations so as not to give the impression that we are conducting closed-door operations, " Ma was quoted as saying.
The president, in his capacity as chairman of the ruling Kuomintang, made the remarks during a KMT Central Standing Committee meeting.
According to Su Jun-pin, director of the KMT's Department of Culture and Information, Ma said he hoped the delegates would reach an agreement that would be acceptable to both sides.
On protests staged by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) against the ECFA talks, Su said that Taiwan is a pluralistic society and everyone has the freedom to protest and express their views.
"But we hope to hear more from the DPP about its vision for Taiwan's future," he added.
The government has projected that the ECFA will be signed in June, but critics, led by the DPP, have opposed it based on grounds that it will make Taiwan too economically dependent on China and lead to job losses in certain sectors.
(By Lee Shu-hua and Lilian Wu)




Updated : 2021-10-22 17:24 GMT+08:00