- With increased cross-strait tensions, doubts have been raised about the future of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement
- Given that Taipei has benefited greatly from the trade pact, particularly during Covid-19, such a change would harm Taiwan’s economy and could endanger its de facto independence0
South China Morning Post
Date: 1 Jan, 20212
By: Jingbo Hua
Surprisingly, both parties remained silent amid the rumours until mid-September, when a spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council in Beijing said the agreement would be smoothly implemented as long as cross-strait relations develop peacefully. Meanwhile, the Mainland Affairs Council of Taiwan said all signed agreements remained effective.
In other words, Beijing and Taiwan are not willing to alter the status quo.
In 2010, Ma Ying-jeou, then Taiwan’s president, explained that under the ECFA, Taiwan’s exports to mainland China would not be restricted by high tariffs any more, and Taiwanese investments and intellectual property in mainland China would be protected. Ma also promised that the ECFA would not open Taiwan’s market to labourers and more agricultural products from mainland China. [FULL STORY]