Wed, Aug 30, 2006 - Page 8 News List

Letter: Cartoon got it wrong

By Richard Vuylsteke

Your cartoonist's striking image last Saturday is succinct, but he has it labeled incorrectly. Taiwan should be holding the key, the key should be labeled "Taiwan-China direct links" and the door and keyhole should be labeled "US-Taiwan FTA."

In short, if Taiwan wants an FTA with the US, the fastest way in the door is to regularize cross-strait passenger and cargo flights as soon as possible.

That way, US businesses will see a win-win-win scenario fall into place, with all three economies tied into the global supply chains for goods, services and human resources.

This makes great economic sense for Taiwan, as these links to China are in fact links to the world. Without the links, Taiwan is keeping itself out of global supply chains that would otherwise attract investment and, no less important, create more jobs for Taiwanese.

Richard Vuylsteke

Executive director

American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei

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