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Premier urges consensus on economic development strategy

Premier urges consensus on economic development strategy

Taipei, May 18 (CNA) The public should reach a consensus on the country's future economic development through the National Economic Conference scheduled for July, Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Sunday. Jiang said the screening and implementation of the trade-in-services agreement with China can be halted for now, but a consensus is still needed as soon as possible. The premier linked the cross-Taiwan Strait service trade pact to Taiwan's global trade and economic strategy under the trend of globalization. Some in Taiwan would like the country to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade blocs, some are backing globalization but would not want to deal with China, while others are simply trying to prevent Taiwan from becoming part of the globalized economy, Jiang said. "In making our choices, Taiwan is full of anxieties," he said, adding that he understands the people's "complicated feelings" about dealing with mainland China. But "we cannot escape" having to make choices about economic development strategies, said the premier. The National Economic Conference will not only discuss the trade-in-service agreement with China, but also global economic and trade order and how Taiwan's industries should deal with globalization, Jiang said. He made the remarks during a meeting of advisors to the National Economic Conference, at which there was a conspicuous absence of several cross-strait experts, including Chiang Pin-kung, former chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation. The Legislature in Taipei was occupied March 18 to April 10 by student-led protesters against the trade-in-service agreement. The idea of a national affairs conference as a public forum was born out of the protests. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-01-17 02:00 GMT+08:00