2010/07/07

Most Taiwanese positive about China trade pact: government

TAIPEI, July  6, 2010 (AFP) - A majority of Taiwanese people think a recently signed trade pact with China will help bolster the island's economy without hurting its political status, the government said Tuesday, citing a survey.

A total of 59.2 percent of 1,114 people surveyed from Friday to Sunday said they believed the trade pact inked last week will benefit Taiwan's economy, said the Mainland Affairs Council, the top China policy making body.

At the same time, 58.9 percent said they did not feel Taiwan's sovereignty was negatively impacted by the signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA).

Taiwan's Beijing-friendly administration has hailed the ECFA, saying it will bolster the island's economy, but the opposition claims it will undermine Taiwan's de facto independence.