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Government set to make efforts for re-evaluating Beijing's sway on ROC

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- National Development Council (NDC) Minister Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) yesterday said as the Taiwanese grow concerned over cross-strait trade progress, the NDC will strengthen national security risk management, publish a "cross-strait risk red book" annually and establish an evaluation system of China's influence on Taiwan's politics and economics.

Kuan came to the conclusion based on the NDC's perspective at the Executive Yuan's National Conference on Economic and Trade Affairs venue yesterday. The minister said in the future, the government will take initiatives to open up domestic markets to international clients and at the same time, supervise the opening progress properly to lower the potential impact to economically disadvantaged people. The executive branch will also expand the scale of economic and trade relationships with the other countries, Kuan said.

During the national conference, Kuan said it is essential and urgent for Taiwan to soon join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as the nation's competitors are taking initiatives in placement strategies.

Kuan went on to say that the government will push to complete legislation for the supervisory mechanism covering cross-strait agreements, and establish a system to evaluate the potential risks of China's influence on Taiwan.

The minister said, moreover, that the government will ensure public participation in future policymaking. A "national media proposal center" will be established to allow social media users to participate and discuss potential policy decisions, Kuan explained.

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