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President Ma calls on mainland China to not block Taiwan from signing FTAs

06-15-2010 10:12 AM CET | Politics, Law & Society

Press release from: Presseabteilung Taipeh Vertretung

Government Information Office
Republic of China (Taiwan)
June 9, 2010

One day after Ma Chaoxu, a spokesman for mainland China’s foreign ministry, voiced Beijing’s opposition to Taiwan signing official agreements with other countries, President Ma Ying-jeou said during an interview with the BBC on June 2 that Taiwan and mainland China are both members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and that under WTO rules, both have the right to sign free trade agreements (FTAs) with other WTO members. The President went on to say that trade is Taiwan’s lifeline, and without it there would be no Taiwan. He called on the mainland to not block Taiwan from signing FTAs with other countries.

President Ma stated that all agreements signed by the Republic of China (ROC) government with foreign governments are official. However, if the other signatory party happened to not be one of Taiwan’s diplomatic partners, it might regard such an agreement as something otherwise. Nevertheless, he continued, the real crux of the matter was whether or not these agreements were binding upon both of the signatory parties. Taiwan has signed hundreds of agreements over the past several decades with many countries that are not diplomatic partners, including agreements regarding the reduction or elimination of double taxation, expedited customs clearance, as well as cultural or technical assistance. Thus, all such agreements signed by the ROC government were official. However, if the other signatory party was not one of Taiwan’s diplomatic partners, it might hold a different view of the agreement, which Taiwan would respect.

Premier Wu Den-yih stated on June 2 that Taiwan’s stance is clear: Taiwan is a member of the WTO and has the right to sign trade and investment agreements with any trading partner. He reiterated that trade is Taiwan’s lifeline, and negotiating the signing of FTAs is a major initiative to secure the survival and development of Taiwan’s economy. It is also existing policy, he continued, which will not be halted due to objections from mainland China.

Please visit Taiwan Today for related stories:
1. MAC slams Beijing’s free trade agreement stance (June 2, 2010)
http://www.taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=105420&CtNode=436
2. President Ma tells Beijing to back off on FTAs (June 3, 2010)
http://www.taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=105571&CtNode=436

Die Presseabteilung der Taipeh Vertretung mit Sitz in Berlin bietet folgende Dienstleistungen an: Erläuterung der Politik und der Entwicklung der Republik China (Taiwan), Verbreitung von Stellungnahmen und Pressemitteilungen von taiwanischer Seite sowie Beantwortung von Fragen über das Land;
Angebot von Informationsmaterial über Taiwan in deutscher, englischer, und chinesischer Sprache (Broschüren, Filme, Videos, DVDs, Diafilme, CDs);
Anlaufstelle für deutsche Medienvertreter, Angebot von Informationsreisen nach Taiwan für deutsche Journalisten;
Organisation von Veranstaltungen mit dem Ziel, Kontakte zwischen Deutschland und Taiwan zu vertiefen (Vorträge, Seminare, Ausstellungen, Filmfestivals etc.);
Sonstige Öffentlichkeitsarbeit.

Presseabteilung Taipeh Vertretung
Markgrafenstr. 35
10117 Berlin

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