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President Ma Ying-jeou is putting Taiwan on same track as China: DPP

President Ma Ying-jeou is putting Taiwan on same track as China: DPP

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Ma Ying-jeou is using the planned Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement to put Taiwan’s economy on the same track as China instead of as the rest of the world, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party said Sunday.
The DPP rejected Presidential Office allegations that it had “locked up” Taiwan and isolated it from the world during its years in power from 2000 to 2008.
The accusation came in the run-up to a debate between Ma and DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen to be held live on television later this month.
DPP spokesman Tsai Chi-chang, no relation of the chairwoman, said Sunday the debate was necessary because the president kept on insisting Taiwan should sign ECFA despite consistent surveys showing that as much as 80 percent of the public failed to understand the real meaning of the accord.
A responsible opposition party had to keep a close watch on the government’s actions and transmit the opinions of the public to the government, he said, describing a public debate as the best way to do so.
Tsai also described the planned debate as purely a discussion on policies, and not as a preparation for the 2012 presidential election campaign.
The DPP spokesman rejected the charges made by presidential spokesman Lo Chih-chiang Saturday that the party had isolated Taiwan while in government. Trade between the two countries rose to a high level during the DPP era, Tsai said. The administration of President Chen Shui-bian hit the brakes when necessary, but Ma only knows how to speed up reliance on China, he said.
Ma put Taiwan on the same track as China’s economy, but not on the same track with the rest of the world, because he failed to reach any Free Trade Agreement with any other country, according to Tsai.
Lo said the DPP exaggerated with its call for a national referendum about the trade deal. If the DPP wanted a referendum on any dealings with China, then why did it never organize one when a DPP administration allowed the import of 936 types of farm products from China, Lo said.
He described the eventual signing of ECFA as breaking through the isolationist policies of the DPP era.
Tsai said the DPP had never demanded any referendums about trade deals with other countries because in contrast to China, they didn’t threaten to destroy Taiwan’s sovereignty and didn’t want to annex the country. However, if Taiwan wanted to sign an ECFA with China, it would face the danger of seeing its sovereignty annihilated, he warned.
Tsai said the government was contradicting itself when it said the DPP had isolated the country on the one hand but opened up farm imports from China on the other hand.
The Ma administration wants to sign the ECFA during a high-level round of talks between Taiwan and China likely to take place in Shanghai in June. The second round of preparatory talks took place in Taoyuan County last Wednesday and Thursday.


Updated : 2021-03-01 13:07 GMT+08:00