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Protesters urged to examine service trade pact
Central News Agency
2014-03-22 09:13 PM
Taipei, March 22 (CNA) Protesters should closely scrutinize the trade-in-services agreement signed between Taiwan and China before demanding that the government scrap the pact, a local economist said Saturday. Mistaken perceptions about the agreement are abounding because most people lack a clear idea of its content, said Liu Da-nien, head of the Regional Development Study Center under the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research. Instead of seeking an outright rejection of the agreement, opponents of the pact should study its text line by line and identify any clauses that appear unfavorable to Taiwan, he said. "We should only reject clauses that are considered non-reciprocal and keep those that are not," he suggested. During a meeting with Premier Jiang Yi-huah Saturday, student-led protesters who have been occupying the Legislative Yuan since Tuesday demanded that the Executive Yuan withdraw the controversial agreement from the Legislature. The demand, however, was turned down by Jiang, who expressed the hope that the agreement can be examined thoroughly, such as by way of clause-by-clause consideration, in the Legislature. (By Huang Chiao-wen and Y.F. Low)
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