The government would seek a social consensus before signing a CECA and the “three noes” policy remained key to Ma’s cross-strait strategy, he added.
Also at the Presidential Office, KMT China Affairs Office Director Chang Jung-kung (張榮恭) dismissed the article and lashed out at opposition parties for causing “political panic” by exaggerating the issue in order to obstruct cross-strait economic cooperation.
Signing a CECA with China was part of Ma’s election platform after soliciting opinion from local businesses. Failing to sign the agreement with China would prevent the nation from competing economically with its neighbors in Asia, Chang said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said yesterday that the signing of a CECA would be based on the WTO framework.
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