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New economics minister pledges continued cooperation with China
Central News Agency
2014-08-11 10:20 AM
Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) Taiwan's goal and strategy in its economic relations with China will remain the same, newly appointed Minister of Economic Affairs Duh Tyzz-jiun said Monday, a day after being named as the outgoing minister's successor. "Although not being on the front line, I did participate in the preparations and negotiations for the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) signed between Taiwan and China on June 29, 2010," Duh said in response to reporters' questions. "There will be no changes" in future cooperation with China, the country's main trading partner, said Duh, whose predecessor Chang Chia-juch tendered his resignation last week amid a blame game over a series of fatal gas explosions in Kaohsiung late last month. The gas explosions on July 31, which killed 30 people and left over 300 injured, are believed to have been caused by a leak in an underground pipeline carrying propylene. Asked if he is ready for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation ministerial meeting this fall, Duh said he had not thought about this yet, but will definitely get prepared before the event, which will take place in Beijing. In addition, the minister also vowed to sign more free trade agreements with major trading partners so as to let Taiwan stand on the same base as other countries to compete against each other fairly. Duh, until now a deputy economics minister, holds a master's and a doctoral degree in forestry from National Taiwan University and conducted post-doctoral research in environmental resource engineering at the State University of New York. He had served at the National Bureau of Standards -- the predecessor of the Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection --, the Department of Commerce, the Small and Medium Enterprise Administration and the Department of Industrial Technology. He rose from the ranks in the ministry's Industrial Development Bureau to become head of the agency and was appointed as deputy economics minister in February this year. (By James Lee)
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