Services trade pact more beneficial to Taiwan than China: premier
Central News Agency
2014-03-22 11:43 PM
Taipei, March 22 (CNA) Every economic expert knows that the bilateral services trade pact is more beneficial to Taiwan than China, Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Saturday, adding that the recent rumors criticizing the agreement are not true. Under the pact, China has agreed to open 80 categories of its service sector to Taiwan, while Taiwan will open 64 to China, Jiang said at press conference at the Executive Yuan after he and student-led protesters failed to reach any common ground on the issue of the trade pact earlier in the day. "Every economic expert knows that this agreement will do more good for Taiwan," he said. The rumors that the government will open up to Chinese workers and immigrants are not true, he said. Regarding the protesters'appeal for a bill to mandate monitoring of cross-strait agreements, Jiang said such mechanism is already in place. He explained that the ruling Kuomintang's legislative caucus has come up with a four-phase communication mechanism to check the Executive Yuan's processing of future cross-strait agreements. This will allow the Legislature to gain a better understanding of the pacts at every stage of the process -- before, during and after the negotiations, he said. Jiang said he is confident that the services trade pact will win the support of lawmakers after an article-by-article review. However, it could not take effect if they decide that it needs to be amended, the premier said, adding that he would not like to see such an outcome. Agreements signed with foreign countries are usually sent to the Legislature for procedural purposes instead of further review, Jiang said. Due to the sensitiveness of cross-strait relations, however, the government decided to follow the consensus reached by the ruling and opposition parties to review the pact after it was signed, he said. Meanwhile, President Ma Ying-jeou is scheduled to hold a news conference Sunday morning on the importance of the services trade pact, in response to the public's opinions and misgivings about the agreement with China. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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