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China-Taiwan trade pact fails to deliver 10 years on

Suspicion toward Beijing widens economic split despite tariff cuts

Shipping containers at a port in Keelung, Taiwan.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- A decade on from the signing of what amounts to a free trade agreement between Taiwan and China, the economic integration it was meant to accelerate remains a long way off, as growing wariness toward Beijing in Taipei has stalled implementation of the deal.

The Economic Framework Cooperation Agreement was concluded 10 years ago Monday under then-Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou and his pro-Beijing Kuomintang.

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