Top officials from both the Office of the President and the Executive Yuan intend to reinstate projects to set up special economic zones on the island, sources familiar with the issue revealed.[Special economic zones? If you remember the huha over the airport free trade zone, part of it was because they floated a trial balloon for importing Chinese labor -- MT]It's funny to read this and look back at my post on the Taiwan SAR in 2017, and compare it to Hai Tien's excellent response, which I posted at the bottom.
The special economic zones are being deliberated because officials expect a new economic situation to develop following the expected signing of the economic cooperative framework agreement between Taipei and Beijing in June, sources pointed out.["new economic situation" = impaired sovereignty, Chinese dominance over Taiwan's economic policy - MT]
Relevant agencies are in the process of mapping out supporting measures, including infrastructure development, tax credits, special incentives and more flexible policies governing international labor. The Cabinet is expected to unveil these policies within one month, sources said.["more flexible policies on international labor." is this a euphemism for Chinese labor? Or just lower wage rates for the current indentured servant class? -- MT]
They pointed out that during the first stage special demonstration zones will be established at the country’s four major ports, as well as at the free trade zone adjacent to the Taoyuan Aerotroplis and at the nation’s export processing zones.
Pending further needs, such operations can be strategically established throughout the island and ultimately all of Taiwan could be turned into a special economic zone. Future ECFA negotiations can also be conducted on a zone-to-zone basis, they noted.[Ultimately all of Taiwan will be a zone! Future ECFA relations will be on a zone-to-zone basis! But I thought ECFA wasn't going to impair Taiwan's sovereignty? Zone to zone? Not even region to region? Actually, the reduction of Taiwan to a zone is a sort of overt recognition of its reversion to colonial status vis a vis China -- MT]
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