Mon, Dec 21, 2009 - Page 12 News List

Ma vows to seek FTAs with other countries after ECFA

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday that the government would continue its efforts to seal free trade agreements (FTAs) with other countries after signing a proposed.

Ma said during a meeting with representatives of stockings manufacturers in Changhua County that only Taiwan and North Korea among Asia Pacific countries have not signed FTAs with countries in the region, which threatens to marginalize Taiwan.

After an ECFA is signed, the administration will try to seal FTAs with other countries and will not ask China for approval “because Taiwan is a sovereign independent country,” Ma said.

Once an ECFA is signed, other countries will be more willing to sign FTAs with Taiwan because China’s opposition will be less, he said.

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