Cross-strait trade talks spark massive protests in Taipei
By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
An agreement has been reached between Taiwan and China to speed up custom
clearance of imported goods within 48 hours after the declaration of goods, reports said Sunday.
The move was seen by authorities as a stepping stone to make Taiwan’s customs operations more efficient and in line with global trends.
The 12th round of cross-strait meeting entered its second day of trade discussions at the Grand Hotel Taipei in the morning, with both sides seeking to narrow differences in taxation reductions and address other technical issues.
Although the summit still has one more day to go, the pact has already sparked huge controversies as industry observers believed it would pave an easier access for China’s shoddy products and questionable food supplies into the domestic market, claiming it would also deprive the island’s consumers of safe, quality produce. [FULL STORY]