Taiwan's parliament to ratify China trade pact
TAIPEI — Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou said at the weekend that the island's controversial trade pact with China will be subjected to parliamentary scrutiny before it is ratified.
So, it is controversial.Taipei insists that the proposed pact will boost the island's annual economic growth by more than one percentage point, but opposition leaders fear it will compromise Taiwan's de facto independence.
In a speech on Saturday after he was formally sworn in as chairman of the ruling Kuomintang party, Ma gave an assurance that all negotiations with Beijing on the "Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement" would be transparent.
His track record says that nothing he says can be believed!
"I promise all these things will be stated clearly. And once it is signed, it will be submitted to parliament for ratification," Ma said.
If this turns to be true, it would be the end of Taiwan, because the KMT legislators will simply rubber-stamp it.
He also gave an assurance that the trade pact "must be what the country needs, supported by the people and placed under supervision of parliament.
He denies people birthrights of referendum and now says it must be supported by the people.
"Therefore, I hereby guarantee that in the future, the government will report to parliament the contents of the pact before it is signed," Ma said.
What does Ma think of people? People do not need to know the content of the pact? Why is it that the content is still never disclosed?
He said Taiwan's people will be given an idea of what the pact's benefits will be, as well as "what negative impacts it may bring to Taiwan."
Why is he hiding the content of ECFA from Taiwanese?
Taiwan's government says the pact will boost the flow of goods and personnel between the island and the mainland and hopes it will be signed early next year.
This is how Taiwan is turned into Tibet!The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which favours independence from China, claims it will demote Taiwan to the status of a local government in any talks with the mainland on reunification.
In other words, ECFA turns Taiwan into Tibet!China and Taiwan split in 1949 after a civil war, but relations have warmed since May last year, when the China-friendly Ma assumed the presidency following the DPP's defeat in general elections.
- Taiwan did not split from China. Taiwan was not in China's civil war.
- Relationship got much worst. More Chinese missiles are aiming at Taiwan and Chinese bullying of Taiwan has intensified.