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50.6% support signing of cross-strait trade pact: survey

50.6% support signing of cross-strait trade pact: survey

Taipei, March 23 (CNA) Slightly more than half of the respondents to a government survey have given the nod to the proposed signing of an economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) across the Taiwan Strait, an official said Monday.
The Cabinet-level Research, Development and Evaluation Commission conducted the survey March 17-18 to explore local attitudes toward the proposed cross-strait pact that the government hopes will keep Taiwan from being marginalized amid growing regional economic integration.
A total of 1,083 valid samples were collected in the telephone survey, which had a margin of error of 2.98 percent and a confidence level of 95 percent.
The survey results show that 50.6 percent of the respondents support the cross-strait ECFA initiative, compared to 29.2 percent who disapprove.
Meanwhile, 41.3 percent said they sense an urgent need for Taiwan to ink such a pact with China, with 28.8 percent disagreeing.
Overall, 48.1 percent said they believe Taiwan would be better off if it were to sign a cross-strait EFCA, compared to 26.3 percent who said such a move would be detrimental.
On the government's "three noes policy" of no compromise on national sovereignty, no opening of Taiwan to Chinese farm produce and no opening of Taiwan to Chinese laborers, 70.6 percent expressed support for the principle and only 15.7 percent gave a thumbs down.
Up to 62.6 percent said they approve of the government's "three wants" principle behind signing an EFCA pact with China that includes resolving tariff issues, negotiating similar free trade pacts with Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries and upholding the spirit of the World Trade Organization, with 13.7 percent expressing disapproval.
Even after the pollsters mentioned that some people oppose the ECFA proposal on the grounds that it would undermine Taiwan's sovereign status, while others support the proposal in the belief that it would benefit Taiwan's economy, 44.4 percent of the respondents still expressed support for the initiative, compared to 29.2 percent who rejected it.
The survey also found that 45.8 percent support the standpoint that the signing of a cross-strait ECFA is an economic issue and irrelevant to the sovereignty issue, but 22.7 percent said they believe that signing an ECFA would help accelerate cross-strait unification.
(By Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-10-17 13:58 GMT+08:00