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China-Taiwan trade pact spurs hot debate

Taiwan’s president said on Sunday he will guard Taiwan’s sovereignty when signing a major China trade deal to bolster the island’s economy, while the opposition charged the pact will be harmful politically and economically.

The Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement is the jewel in the crown of President Ma Ying-jeou’s aggressive efforts to engage China economically and boost Taiwan’s economy. Taiwan officials have said the agreement will allow the free flow of many goods and services except for Chinese agricultural produce, as a concession to Taiwanese farmers.