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Taiwan to publish yearly report on cross-strait risks: official
Central News Agency
2014-07-28 10:10 PM
Taipei, July 28 (CNA) Taiwan's top economic planning official said Monday that his council will issue a report on cross-Taiwan Strait risks every year amid public concerns about Taiwan's excessive reliance on trade with China. Kuan Chung-ming, head of the National Development Council, said at the end of a three-day national economic meeting that Taiwan will also establish a system to gauge China's influence over Taiwan's politics and economy. In a report summarizing the conference, Kuan said that in view of the rapid integration of global trade, and the aggressive deployment of Taiwan's rivals, it was urgent for Taiwan to join such regional trade blocs as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. "Otherwise, Taiwan will be left out like North Korea, Mongolia and East Timor," he said. He also outlined the government's four major policies, including actively opening Taiwan's economy, monitoring cross-strait relations transparently, increasing trade to ensure Taiwan's economic edge and mitigating the impact of greater trade on the vulnerable. Kuan said the conference had adopted new approaches such as setting up an online platform for netizens to exchange views, which he said has helped communications between the government and the people. He also said that he found many young people willing to take part in the conference, which showed that "communications between groups of different ages and ethnicity are not impossible." The three-day national economic conference closed Monday with several consensuses reached at the meeting to be used as reference for the government in making policy. Discussion at the National Conference on Economic and Trade Affairs revolved around two major issues --- Taiwan's economic development strategy in a globalized world and Taiwan's participation in regional trade and economic integration and its cross-strait policy. The conference, organized by the Executive Yuan, was held in response to massive student protests against a trade-in-services agreement signed with China in June 2013 that has yet to be ratified by the Legislative Yuan. Opposition parties boycotted the conference. Young people appealed at the end of the conference to expand online and underprivileged group participation. They also expressed the view that the passage of the trade-in-services pact should only come after it has been carefully screened. (By Milly Lin and Lilian Wu)
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