By: Flor Wang
Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) Responding to a protest staged by some civic groups against a merchandise trade pact being negotiated with China, a Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) official said Saturday that the government will continue its efforts to push forward the deal, based on “national consensus.”
“A Taiwan-China trade-in-goods agreement will help stimulate Taiwan’s economic development and upgrade its industrial structure,” BOFT Deputy Director David Hsu (徐大衛) said after a protest by 20 groups demanding that the government halt negotiations with China earlier that same day.
Advising the government stance that the planned cross-strait trade-in-merchandise pact will benefit both Taiwan’s large and small enterprises, Hsu said the government will make all-out efforts while negotiating with China to safeguard local companies’ interests and mitigate its impact on them. [FULL STORY]