Poniższy tekst jest zapisem spotkania, które odbyło się w październiku br. w tajwańskim parlamencie (Legislative Yuan). Było to spotkanie z cyklu debat organizowanych dla osób zainteresowanych Tajwanem (zazwyczaj cudzoziemców) – naukowców, byłych dyplomatów, dziennikarzy, działaczy społecznych. Organizatorem spotkania był Jerome Keating – autor kilku książek, wykładowca i promotor Tajwanu. Więcej informacji na jego temat: http://www.jeromekeating.com/
Since English was the official language of the meeting and to avoid possible mistakes, the remarks are presented in their original form – in English. I did my best to make them as faithful to the speech as possible, however, I can not guarantee their absolute accuracy. Therefore, the possible incostistencies are mine. The views, however, are the presenter’s.
Introduction of the presenter:
Dr. Hsu Chung-Hsin of the Legislative Yuan, he is the at large member of the Taiwan Solidarity Union party. Dr. Hsu has his Ph.D. in Law from Cambridge University; his Masters LL.M in Law from National Chengchi Univ. and a Bachelor of International Relations from National Taiwan University. His specialty in his doctoral studies was International Trade Law.
He has been an outspoken critic of it for its lack of transparency and the manner in which President Ma wants to rush it through the Legislative Yuan with little discussion and little transparency. The current Wang/Ma disputes are linked to this.
ECFA is a framework leading to an FTA with China – supposed within 10 years since signature – which was in 2010. However, tree trade in goods and services agreement is not needed in case of China, since it is so close geographically. Rather with the US or Europe.
Rejecting Taiwan’s participation in any international economical and political bodies – like IMF – serves the purpose of isolating the country and is based on PRC’s pure political calculations. China’s possibly rising influence over Taiwanese banks lets it control ROC’s banking industry. Any fall or crisis of those, can’t be helped by he IMF, since Taiwan is not its member – due to China’s insistence. So no support is possible. Taiwan depends on China.
According to China, if Taiwan wants to join TPP or other international agreements – it first needs to apply ECFA. Which means growing dependence on China and lack of other options, since Taiwanese businesses will go to China. What is needed, is exactly the opposite – diversify before implementing ECFA.
President Ma claims Taiwan needs ECFA for Intellectual Property Rights protection. However, Chinese companies need technology, they steal wherever they can, so why would they care? They need American, Taiwanese and any other technology. They need to take, not protect it. IP rights need patents and protection of law. Taiwan is not a member international patent protection organisations. International Patent Organisation is a one-stop organisation, however, Taiwan must apply for patents everywhere separately.
Chinese companies applied many Taiwanese local food and tea brands in Taiwan, so if Taiwanese want to sell them in China, they need Chinese permission to do it.