Debate will clarify benefits of service pact: Ma
CNATAIPEI--President Ma Ying-jeou is looking forward to a debate with the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)'s chairman on a trade-in-services pact signed with China, he said Saturday.
August 25, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
“The truth becomes clearer through debate,” he told reporters, expressing hope that the debate will allow the public to have a better understanding of the trade pact by increasing its transparency.
The comments mark the first time that Ma has publicly announced his intention to take part in the debate over the controversial service pact, in which he will go up against the DPP's chairman, Su Tseng-chang.
The debate is expected to be held by Taiwan's Public Television Service, the Central News Agency and four major newspapers, though most of the specific details have not yet been determined.
Su said he is also anticipating the debate as the public should be well-informed about such a critical policy.
Speaking at a Taipei fundraiser late in the day, the opposition head said that it is the president's responsibility to let society get a clear understanding of the deal.
The service pact is a major follow-up to the landmark Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement signed between Taiwan and China in 2010.
Under the service pact, China has agreed to open 80 service categories to Taiwan investment, while Taiwan will open 64 to Chinese investors.