Failure to pass trade pact could affect young people's future: Ma
Central News Agency
2014-03-30 11:05 PM
Taipei, March 30 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou warned protesting students Sunday that the Legislature's failure to pass a service trade pact with China would hurt Taiwan's economy and affect their future job prospects. Presidential Office spokeswoman Garfie Li quoted Ma as issuing the warning after more than 110,000 protesters led by students ended a mass rally peacefully but vowed to continue their occupation of the Legislative Yuan. The president urged the students to end their occupation of the Legislature soon so as not to hamper the government's efforts at pushing forward many legislation plans related to people's livelihood, Li said. She quoted the president as saying the trade-in-services pact, which the government signed with China last June but has since been stalled in the Legislature, was aimed at revitalizing Taiwan's service industries and ensuring a continued momentum for Taiwan's economic development. If the service trade pact with China fails to clear the legislative floor, that would damage Taiwan's international credibility and obstruct government efforts to liberalize trade, she added. As a consequence, Taiwan's chances to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership would "definitely be adversely impacted," which in turn would affect the students' job opportunities and future careers, she quoted the president as saying. (By Lee Shu-hua and S.C. Chang)
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