Gov’t must up communication over service trade pact: VP Wu

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Vice President Wu Den-yih yesterday said the government must do its best to convince the people that the cross-strait service trade pact is aimed at helping them do business in China. Wu said the government must continue to convey such a message to the people, arguing that some people have been opposing the cross-strait agreement because the government has been unable to provide a clear explanation. “We need to make it clear,” said Wu, claiming that many people do not understand that the service trade pact is “very normal.” The vice president said similar opposition was voiced when the cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) was signed. But he said the government should thank those critics because they provided valuable opinions.

He also dismissed concerns that the service pact will introduce laborers from China. He maintained that President Ma Ying-jeou is adamantly against opening the doors to laborers and agricultural produces from China. Wu was speaking at an event arranged by a business association in Taichung. The cross-strait service trade pact has yet to be ratified by the Legislature.