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Taiwan has complained to China about e-commerce trade barriers
Central News Agency
2013-02-21 10:48 PM
Taipei, Feb. 21 (CNA) The Ministry of Economic Affairs said Thursday it had made a complaint last year with Chinese officials on China's ban of certain Taiwanese websites that resulted in e-commerce trade barriers for Taiwan. Ministry officials said it has already raised the issue with Chinese officials during a cross-Taiwan Strait industry meeting last year, but Chinese officials said at the time that they could not open websites containing news content to Chinese people. The remarks were a direct response to Acer Inc. Chairman and CEO J.T. Wang's call earlier the day for Taiwanese government to negotiate with China to create a balance in the cross-strait e-commerce market. Wang noted earlier Thursday that people in Taiwan can purchase products on China's biggest e-commerce platform Taobao and receive their orders within days, but Chinese buyers cannot access PChome, a Taiwan-based Internet portal and online shopping site. Ministry officials said China bans overseas websites containing news, entertainment, and editorial contents, and PC home happens to fall into that category. But China does not ban websites with purely e-commerce functions, officials said. Websites such as Mayuki.com.tw, an online clothing shopping site operated by Tokyo Fashion Co., Etmall and online PCstore.com, the e-shopping arm of PChome, are not blocked in China, officials noted. Officials suggested that Taiwanese businesses wishing to tap into China's e-commerce market can operate independent websites or simply establish websites based in China to avoid Internet censorship. (By Huang Chiao-wen and Ann Chen)
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