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China Times: Environmental issues for ECFA

China Times: Environmental issues for ECFA

Most responses from both home and abroad to an economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) recently inked by Taiwan and China are positive. Generally speaking, most experts analyzed the pact from economic and political perspectives, but we want to propose the two sides consider a new area for bilateral cooperation -- environmental issues.
In the coming decades, Taiwan and China both will face risky challenges in environmental protection. Taiwan has one of the world's highest per-capita carbon emission levels, while China emits as much greenhouse gas as the United States.
We contend that the environmental protection authorities from the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should take part in ensuing negotiations on ECFA and explore possible means to cut their carbon emissions. Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration should more actively cooperate in two-way environmental protection.
China recently proposed the establishment of a Western Taiwan Strait Economic Zone between Fujian Province and Taiwan. Taiwan has not responded to the proposal out of political and economic concerns.
But casting aside political or industrial development considerations, there is ample room for both to collaborate in environmental protection.
This would be a mutually-beneficial development, because it will meet the high aspirations for peace of the people from the two sides and help both win global acclamation.
In essence, environmental issues are a topic concerning "common assets, " which is a rare issue jointly shared by the two sides.
Leaders of Taiwan and China should mull the possibility of forging cooperation in this area, which might create new horizons for both.
(July 17, 2010).
(By Flor Wang)