The China Post
Date: June 21, 2016
By: Yuan-Ming Chiao
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Civic groups protested outside the Executive Yuan on Monday, calling on the
new administration to reject any notions of signing trade in goods and services agreements with mainland China.
The Economic Democracy Union (EDU, 經濟民主連合), an umbrella group made up of labor, human rights and teachers’ unions and associations, shouted slogans and warned Premier Lin Chuan (林全) against committing the same mistakes as the Ma administration, who signed such trade and regional economic pacts as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
EDU protesters and other groups, numbering more than a dozen, used the third year anniversary of protests against the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement (CSTSA, 兩岸服務貿易協議) to underscore their warning on the new government’s economic policy, which calls for participation in regional trade blocs. They expressed suspicion that the lack of a clear stance on rejecting the CSTSA and a trade in goods pact was a signal toward eventual liberalization toward China. [FULL STORY]