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Hsieh reaffairms opposition against cross-strait common market

Hsieh reaffairms opposition against cross-strait common market

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Frank Hsieh said Wednesday he firmly opposes creating a cross-strait common market as proposed by his Kuomintang rival, saying the practice will drive up unemployment and keep down the average wage in Taiwan.
Hsieh, who is considered a moderate in his pro-independence party in dealing with China, made the statement before attending the DPP Central Standing Committee where Mainland Affairs Council is scheduled to give a speech on the prospect and impact of a cross-strait common market.
On the campaign trail, Hsieh has said he will seek to improve ties with China if he is elected president on March 22. To that end, he has promised to introduce regular cross-strait charter flight services, allow a certain number of Chinese tourists to visit Taiwan, and ease rules on cross-strait trade.
But Hsieh warned that Taiwan will suffer higher unemployment if the government allows Chinese to work here or open its market to cheap Chinese goods.
KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou also has pledged to better ties across the Taiwan Strait and establish a cross-strait common market to boost Taiwan's economy, if he captures the presidency.
Ma has argued he is better qualified to sell Taiwanese goods to the vast Chinese market, convince Taiwan investors to keep their roots here, and avoid military conflicts in the Taiwan Strait.
But Hsieh said the proposed cross-strait common market will end up the“one-China”market with Taiwan at risk of losing its sovereignty and the people their freedom and wealth.
The DPP nominee noted that Taiwan workers will earn less if they have to compete with cheap Chinese labor. Ma has said he will not open Taiwan's labor market to Chinese workers.


Updated : 2020-12-05 17:37 GMT+08:00