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Not all China issues need to face referendum: presidential office

Taipei, April 3 (CNA) Demands by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to hold a referendum on every issue related to China are illogical, Presidential Office spokesman Lo Chih-chiang said Saturday.
Lo questioned why the DPP as a ruling party decided to allow imports of 936 items of agricultural products from China without holding a referendum.
DPP spokesman Lin Yu-chang said Saturday that the party advocated holding a referendum before deciding whether to sign a proposed cross-strait economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) because Taiwan's counterpart in the pact would be Chinese Communists with the hostile intention of annexing Taiwan.
Stressing that the purpose of signing agreements like an ECFA is to help Taiwanese businessmen boost business opportunities, Lo said that booming business will help improve the economic environment and create more jobs.
The DPP must not disregard people's livelihoods and the nation's economic development by being adamant about its closed-door political ideology, Lo said.
According to Lo, the Republic of China and North Korea are the only economies in Asia without bilateral trade agreements with other Asian countries. Between 2000 and 2009, the free trade agreements signed by Asian countries increased from three to 58, he added.
While countries all over the world are seeking to sign bilateral trade agreements with their major trading partners, Lo said, it is only reasonable for Taiwan to sign a free trade agreement with its biggest trading partner -- China.
Without free trade agreements with its Asian neighbors, Taiwan is not guaranteed the best tariffs and exports to the United States, Japan, South Korea, mainland China and Southeast Asian countries would face disadvantages, he added.
(by Garfie Lee and Lillian Lin)




Updated : 2021-07-27 21:59 GMT+08:00