News Videos
International Edition


July 27, 2017

Breaking News, World News and Taiwan News.
About Us
Contact Us

Mainland Affairs Council says more pros than cons in cross-strait agreement

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said yesterday that the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement has more advantages than disadvantages with regard to Taiwan's development, adding that it will strengthen communications with the Legislative Yuan and the public.

The MAC added that it fully respects parliamentary procedures.

During the council's routine press conference yesterday, MAC Deputy Minister and spokeswoman Wu Mei-hung (吳美紅) said that the cross-strait services trade pact will give Taiwanese investors the initiative to enter the mainland Chinese market as well as attract mainland Chinese investment to Taiwan and enliven the island's economy.

The pact will also create a stronger platform for Taiwan to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Wu said, adding that the pact has more advantages than disadvantages with regard to Taiwan's development.

The government would like to see the pact take effect soon, and as for follow-up talks related to the cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, the relevant authorities will go ahead with their schedules as planned, Wu said.

The executive, however, will continue to strengthen communications with the parliament and the public, including ruling party and opposition caucuses, the various legislative committees, experts and academics, Wu said.

On Tuesday, activists stormed the Legislative Yuan and seized control of the Assembly Hall. More than 200 occupied the main building and sealed off all entrances while thousands surrounded the entire compound in an attempt to prevent lawmakers from ratifying the pact.

The protesters gave President Ma Ying-jeou and Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) an "ultimatum," demanding that Ma communicate with them directly and that Wang make a ruling on the pact's status by Friday noon. The activists threatened to expand their demonstration if the president and speaker do not comply with their demands.

A blogger in Vietnam will spend 10 years in jail for comments about a Taiwan-owned factory's chemical spill
Ko Wen-je told China straight-up that Tsai Ing-wen will be called president, not leader
LATEST: Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies, Chinese government says
As it happened: 1 dead, 2 critical, 13 more injured in gas explosions
Updated with video: Riders are leaving their oBikes everywhere and some government officials won't take it anymore
LATEST: China 'has gotten an apology' after the White House confused the PRC and ROC
Getting divorced in Taiwan? From custody to child support, this is what you need to know
The plot thickens: 'Selfie-taking' woman who fell to her death had a husband who fell to his death
There's a holdup on visa-free entry to Taiwan for Filipinos
This is how 85°C Bakery Cafe is conquering the US
Advertise  |   RSS Feed  |   About Us  |   Contact Us
Home  |   Taiwan  |   China  |   Business  |   Asia  |   World  |   Sports  |   Life  |  
Arts & Leisure  |   Health  |   Editorial  |   Commentary Travel  |   Movies  |   Guide Post  |   Terms of Use  |  
  chinapost search