The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday accused the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of a lack of discourse on economic issues and other major concerns, and said that its key legislative rivals showed irresponsibility in focusing all of their attention on attacking President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).
With China, South Korea and Japan recently agreeing to launch negotiations on free-trade agreements (FTA), Taiwan should accelerate talks with China and other countries over FTAs or economic pacts, rather than engage in political in-fighting, KMT spokesman Yin Wei (殷瑋) said.
The DPP has avoided -discussing free trade, which would have a positive effect on the nation’s economy, Yin said.
“Domestically, the nation is pushing the capital gains tax policy, but the DPP — from its former chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to the five DPP chairperson candidates through to the DPP caucus — has not taken the time to discuss issues that affect the nation ... Focusing all its efforts on attacking President Ma and being politically manipulative are irresponsible,” he said.
Yin challenged Tsai over criticism she leveled at Ma in an open letter to the president on Monday, urging her and the DPP to pay more attention to international trade issues, while also addressing domestic issues.
“Taiwan never signed any FTAs with major trade partners before President Ma took office. Where is the DPP amid all this global economic and trade liberalization?” he asked.
Ma on Monday expressed concern about a trilateral FTA between China, Japan and South Korea — a trade deal that could be signed within the next year or two — and instructed the Executive Yuan to speed up negotiations on economic agreements with Singapore and New Zealand.
Taiwan should also speed up negotiations with China to expand mutual tariff concessions under the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), he said.