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Analysts criticize Ma’s cross-strait pacts

MANIPULATION:Critics said Ma Ying-jeou had allowed China to gain the upper hand by ignoring the WTO’s mechanism option in expanding cross-strait trade

By Chris Wang  /  Staff reporter

With numerous companies of state capital background, China could focus on disrupting the Taiwanese market, if it wanted, without the pressure of generating profits, he added.

Free trade has long been the DPP’s Achilles’ heel because cannot risk opposing free trade outright, Lin said.

“However, when the benefit of free trade cannot be enjoyed by everyone and the wealth gap keeps widening because of the system, the effect of engaging in a free-trade system is questionable, let alone Taiwan’s wrong strategy in making China — rather than the US, the EU or Japan — the top priority pursuing the free-trade agreements,” he said.

The DPP should tackle that issue, Lin said.

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