Sun, Oct 28, 2012 - Page 1 News List

Critics savage proposal to let China into agriculture

SELLING THE FARM?A Cabinet commission met last month to study the possibility of allowing China to invest in a logistics center, which experts say would be disastrous

By Chung Li-hua and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Tu’s comments referred to the increased flow of Taiwanese agricultural products and seedlings being brought into China by Taiwanese businesspeople.

Meanwhile, Taiwan Solidarity Union Legislator Hsu Chung-hsin (許忠信) said the Ma administration’s plans would affect national agriculture.

The Executive Yuan’s plans is essentially allowing Chinese investors to invest in a free-trade area in which foreign agricultural products are imported, processed and exported, Hsu said, adding that it would give the investors free license to import any of the 830 products from China that are banned on Taiwanese markets.

“The government is notorious for its customs control of agricultural products making it very easy for Chinese agricultural products to enter Taiwanese markets, and not only that, they could also enter Taiwan, earning them a Taiwanese label, then be exported to Japan or other countries,” he said.

The council said in response that it was unable to divulge details about the policy because it was still in planning, but it did not deny the plans for a free-trade area.

Though the logistics center would be limited to exports, it would not be limited to exporting to China, and would also include Japan and other countries, it said.

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