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Presidential adviser resigns over service trade pact

STRONG WORDS:Rex How said Ma must either be an ‘autocrat’ or ‘impossibly stupid’ not to understand how the pact affects public livelihoods and national security

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

The government has warned opposition lawmakers not to revise the agreement during the deliberation, saying that any changes made to the pact could derail ongoing negotiations on similar trade agreements with other countries.

How said that responsibility for any controversy arising from the signing of the agreement, for any damage that could undermine the nation if the legislature were to demand that the government renegotiate the pact with China, and for other fallout resulting from a delay in implementation of the agreement “all lie with you [Ma].”

They could have been avoided if the government had made the negotiation process transparent and had thoroughly communicated with affected industries in advance as well as assessed its impact on national security, he said.

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