“In his second-term inauguration address, Ma Ying-jeou reiterated that there was no plan to open up the Taiwan market, so he must stick to this promise. If he does not, farmers will take to the streets to protest,” Chen said.
“The benefits of ECFA are nothing but deceit,” DPP Legislator Ho Hsin-chun (何欣純) said.
She said Ma announced the plan to reduce trade tariffs would benefit Taiwan by US$9 billion each year.
However from January to October this year, the reduction in tariffs for Taiwanese goods exported to China amounted to just US$445 million, and the total from last year to October this year amounted to just US$572 million, less than one-tenth of what Ma had promised.
DPP caucus secretary-general Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) said that, before the presidential election, Ma vowed not to allow more imports of Chinese agricultural products, but now used the pretext of “Taiwan’s best interest” to “open up our market to virtually anything.”