The Framework Agreement for Economic Cooperation (ECFA) is a preferential trade agreement between the governments of the People`s Republic of China (mainland China, usually “China”) and the Republic of China (known as “Taiwan”), which aims to reduce tariffs and barriers to trade between the two parties. The pact signed in Chongqing on June 29, 2010 was considered the most important agreement since the split of the two sides after the 1949 Chinese Civil War, as no government recognizes the other as a “country.”  It was expected to boost bilateral trade of $197.28 billion between the two sides at the time.  The full text of the agreement as well as useful information and factsheets on the free trade agreement are available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. For any specific questions regarding the agreement, email ChinaFTA@dfat.gov.au or call DFAT on 02 6261 1111. Importers can contact the Ministry of the Interior. The two sides did not immediately distribute copies of the agreement in Chinese, raising the question of whether the translation issues were fully resolved and whether the final text in the Chinese version would be as demanding on the Beijing government as in the English version. Today, we are taking an important step that has never been taken with China towards a future of fair and reciprocal trade, as we sign the first phase of the historic U.S.-China trade agreement. Together, we are correcting the injustice of the past and ensuring a future of economic justice and security for American workers, farmers, and families. And it will be a great deal for both countries. That`s well over $200 billion and it`s going to grow every year. It also unites countries.
A meeting of the legislative yuan was held on July 8, 2010. The DPP insisted that the ECFA agreement be reviewed article by article. This request was rejected by the KMT caucus.  After that, a six-minute battle broke out among lawmakers. Wang Jin-pyng sat on the podium, surrounded by other KMT lawmakers. Liu Chien-kuo, Su Chen-ching (蘇震清), and Kuo Wen-chen (郭玟成) tried to join him and failed. Lawmakers threw paper, water and garbage at one another. KMT lawmaker Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) was hit by a clock in the head. He had to be taken to Taiwan University National Hospital.   A number of other people participated in the fight.
Two PMI MPs blamed Tsai Ing-wen, president of the DPP, for the collision.  While other presidents have tried to change China`s economic approach, Mr. . .