TAIPEI - National Development Council (NDC) Minister Kuan Chung-ming yesterday said as the Taiwanese grow concerned over cross-strait trade progress, the NDC will strengthen national security risk management, publish a "cross-strait risk red book" annually and establish an evaluation system of China's influence on Taiwan's politics and economics.
Kuan came to the conclusion based on the NDC's perspective at the Executive Yuan's National Conference on Economic and Trade Affairs venue yesterday. The minister said in the future, the government will take initiatives to open up domestic markets to international clients and at the same time, supervise the opening progress properly to lower the potential impact to economically disadvantaged people. The executive branch will also expand the scale of economic and trade relationships with the other countries, Kuan said.
During the national conference, Kuan said it is essential and urgent for Taiwan to soon join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as the nation's competitors are taking initiatives in placement strategies.
Kuan went on to say that the government will push to complete legislation for the supervisory mechanism covering cross-strait agreements, and establish a system to evaluate the potential risks of China's influence on Taiwan.
The minister said, moreover, that the government will ensure public participation in future policymaking. A "national media proposal centre" will be established to allow social media users to participate and discuss potential policy decisions, Kuan explained.
When asked to comment on the national conference on trade and economic affairs, Kuan said that he feels relief after the end of the conference. He said, however, that the government had taken many new approaches in convening this national conference, including methods to gather attendees' opinions and the format of the meetings, in addition to broadcasting the meetings on the Internet.
Kuan said these new attempts have improved the communication between the government and the public, noting that he also discovered many young adults volunteered to attend the meeting. The young adults' participation proves that different generations can communicate with one another, Kuan added.
Civic Groups against Conference
A number of civic organizations, including the Black Island Youth Alliance, the Democratic Tautin and the Green Citizens' Action Alliance yesterday jointly staged a protest outside of the Taipei International Convention Center, where the conference took place.
The demonstrators argued that the attendees of the conference are mainly government officials and business owners, claiming that the conference failed to listen to the people's voices. The protesters claimed that the conference did not discuss the potential impacts on laborers should the nation encourage greater trade liberalization.