- Posted March 22, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Protesters occupy Taiwan legislature
Anti-trade pact with China, what’s next?
Tilin Kuo, DPP Chair Candidate 2014
I went to Qingdao E Rd to visit my nephew Jun-Yi (R in photo) and his classmate Ah-Hong sittting on the parliament protest 3/21 midnight in Taipei. The rally’s morale is high despite the cold weather in the rain.
Trade agreement dispute triggered students to occupy the Legislative Yuan into the 4th day. Despite numerous public hearings on the issues, concerns on job and price collapse are overwhelming from service sectors such as farmer, hair saloon, beauty industry, tour agent among local micro- economy in Taiwan.
Since Koxinga took over Taiwan near 4 century ago, full advantage of service and trade were applied with naval power for regional economic development. Trade ties cross-strait are intensive since then. In the tide of China becoming the second largest economy body, regardless of political tendency, inevitably Taiwan government need to deal with China comprehensively to protect Taiwan's merchants and to avoid further isolation in the global trade alliances. In contrast Korea currently signs Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with 49 countries, while Taiwan only have 6 in Central America , New Zealand , and Singapore. The courage of student to take action for challenging policy due process may also help Taiwan to face the global competition. If both party final versions of the cross-strait trade pact are not satisfied and well informed to general public, the student movers may take the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons for the trade pact and think forward for what’s next for Taiwan’s role in the global economy.