Taiwan, China negotiators tout benefits of service trade pact

Beijing, Aug. 13 (CNA) The recently signed service trade pact between Taiwan and China was the focus of a meeting between the top negotiators from the two sides in Beijing Tuesday. Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Lin Join-sane called the agreement a win-win and reciprocal pact for the two sides, while China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chairman Chen Deming said it is expected to benefit Taiwanese beauty parlors and hair salons because China will open this sector to Taiwanese business operators. Chen said he has noticed that many Taiwanese businessmen are concerned about the service trade pact and he expressed hope that it can clear the legislative floor soon. When asked about the pact by student leaders from the two sides of the Taiwan Strait during a recent meeting, Chen said he has expressed hope that Taiwan and China can both promote the pact, as it will be beneficial to businesses on the two sides. Chen said he has paid particular attention to the opinions of Taiwan's printing industry and hair salons on the agreement. He said that China's 1.3 billion people means that the market for Taiwanese-operated hair salons is large. He added that if Taiwan and China can increase communication with people on the pact, their understanding of it will be improved. For his part, Lin said that the service trade pact will benefit both sides because more business opportunities and jobs could be created to help boost economic development and enhance the quality of services on the two sides. Taiwan is a democratic society and therefore various different views will certainly be reflected in media reports, including the government's views on the matter, Lin said, adding that the Legislative Yuan has held 20 hearings on the pact for the printing industry alone. Lin arrived in Beijing earlier that day at the head of a delegation composed of leaders of media outlets, including Fan Hsiang-lin, president of CNA, as well as senior executives from Want Want China Times Group, TVBS, CTS and CTV. The delegation is scheduled to meet Zhang Zhijun, head of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office Wednesday and then visit the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television. (By Chiu Kuo-chiang and Y.L. Kao)

Updated : 2021-03-05 15:41 GMT+08:00