"President Ma Ying-jeou wants to reap an “early harvest” from economic cooperation between Taiwan and China, his spokesman Wang Yu-chi said yesterday."July 9, 2009: CENS
"The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has decided to put flat panel display (FPD) and FPD glass on the list of early harvest for the cross-Taiwan Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), so that local manufacturers can expand their market share in China, capitalizing on the edge of free tariff over Japanese and Korean rivals."September 15, 2009: CENS
President Ma Hopes ECFA to Be Inked by Early 2010October 1, 2009: China Daily
The government will try its best to sign the cross-Taiwan Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) by the end of this year or early next year, said President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday (Sept. 14).
"The government has completed a tentative early-harvest list to be included in the proposed cross-Straits economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA). A spokesman says Taiwan is ready to negotiate details of the list with the mainland."October 27, 2009: CENS
"Delegations from Taiwan and China will meet in Beijing next week for an unofficial discussion on Cross-Taiwan Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), when both sides will exchange lists for early harvests for the first time."November 12, 2009: CENS
Gov`t Confident to Sign ECFA With China Early Next YearMay 11, 2010: Commercial Times
"The signing of the ECFA during the fifth Chiang-Chen meeting is our reasonable expectation," said Wu yesterday (Nov. 11).
"The third round of economic cooperation framework agreement negotiations between Taiwan and mainland China has been postponed due to disagreements over early harvest lists."May 20, 2010: Commercial Times
"The early harvest list in the pending cross-strait economic cooperation framework agreement is likely to include over 300 items, Premier Wu Den-yih said May 19."June 2010: International Business Consulting
"There have been conflicting reports in recent days on the state of the negotiations between China and Taiwan on the proposed economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA)."June 1, 2010: China Post
"Whether the cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) can be smoothly inked or not will hinge mainly on whether both sides can reach a consensus on the early-harvest list, or priority items for tariff cuts or market opening, in the pact, according to informed sources."June 4, 2010: Taiwan Economic News
"Mainland China may make major concession in the talk for cross-Taiwan Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) by expanding the early-harvest list, or priority items for tariff cut or market opening, to 500 items, rather than the expectation of 300, according to the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN), sister publication of Taiwan Economic News (TEN)."June 10, 2010: Taiwan News
"Taiwan's chief negotiator for a trade pact with China is visiting Beijing to discuss inclusion of several key industries in an "early harvest" program for concessionary tariff treatment, sources said Thursday."June 11, 2010: China Times
"The third round of formal negotiations on the economic cooperation framework agreement between Taiwan and mainland China is scheduled to begin June 13 in Beijing, government officials announced."June 10, 2010: Taiwan News
"The two sides of the Taiwan Strait will not exchange "early harvest" lists for a proposed cross-strait trade pact during a third round of talks on the deal, Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-shiang said Thursday.Related Links: Taiwan Today reports that the government is trying to entice Taiwan firms to return home. Labor unrest in China hits many Taiwanese firms. Taiwan News editorial argues that ECFA has no legitimacy without a referendum.
The cross-strait economic cooperation framework agreement's (ECFA's) early harvest lists of each side, which form the backbone of the pact, include items that will be subject to immediate tariff reductions or exemptions, or improved market access, upon the signing of the pact.
Shih also said he did not know whether there will be a fourth round of ECFA talks."
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