200903130006english learning(45)Taiwan Mainland Affairs Council says no text yet for ECFA with China

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Mainland Affairs Council said Thursday there was no text available yet for an eventual Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement with China, but the government would consult the outside world before coming up with a document for negotiation.

MAC chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan was trying to allay fears by opposition lawmakers that the government was going to sign a far-reaching accord with China without first letting the public know its contents.

Lai’s statements followed Wednesday’s announcement by Economic Minister Yiin Chii-ming that he was postponing a public hearing about the ECFA planned for Friday. Yiin said he feared protests by the opposition would disrupt the discussions, but he didn’t announce a new date for the event.

The Democratic Progressive Party and the Taiwan Solidarity Union say the agreement is likely to damage Taiwan’s sovereignty, make its economy too reliant on rival China and destroy jobs by increasing competition for traditional sectors of the local economy.

Lai told lawmakers the Ministry of Economic Affairs was still drawing up the texts for the negotiations with China. She promised the government would first consult all relevant sides before completing and announcing a proposal.

The topics for ECFA included investment protection, trade in products and services, and a framework for solving business disputes.

Lai said the ECFA would not be discussed at the next round of talks with China expected before the middle of the year. A consensus could be reached before the later round by the end of this year.

Both government and business leaders argue that if Taiwan fails to conclude an economic agreement with China, its products will lose their competitiveness. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Japan and South Korea are cutting tariffs and expanding a free trade zone beginning in 2010, potentially marginalizing Taiwanese goods.

Kuomintang lawmakers said Thursday that the petrochemical sector, providing jobs to half a million people, could be at risk if no agreement with China were signed.

The opposition says that instead of moving closer to China, Taiwan should build closer links with the ASEAN member nations instead.

Government and opposition have also sparred on how to handle the signing of the accord. The DPP wants a national referendum first, while the government argues that since ECFA does not affect Taiwan’s sovereignty, a legislative review after the signing is sufficient.

Addressing other opposition fears, Cabinet-level Public Construction Commission chairman Fan Liang-shiow insisted Thursday that Chinese firms were not welcome to bid for Taiwanese public construction projects.

a. (形容詞 adjective)

eventual
1.
最終發生的;最後的;結果的[Z][B]
The eventual decision came after weeks of deliberation.
經過數星期的考慮後,最終決定出來了
consult
vt. (及物動詞 transitive verb)

1.
與...商量
I'll do nothing without consulting you.
我採取行動之前一定和你商量。
2.
找(醫生)看病;請教
He went to town to consult his doctor.
他進城去看醫生。
3.
查閱(詞典,參考書等)
He consulted his notebook repeatedly during his speech.
他講演時不斷看他的筆記本。
4.
考慮,顧及

vi. (不及物動詞 intransitive verb)

1.
商議,磋商[(+with)]
We will consult together about her education.
我們將一起商議她的教育事宜。
2.
當顧問[(+for)]
The retired executive consults for several large companies.
那位退休的總裁在好幾家大公司當顧問。
negotiation
n. (名詞 noun)

1.
談判,協商[P1][(+with)]
Peace negotiations are still going on.
和談仍在進行。
2.
(票據的)轉讓,流通[U]
3.
【口】順利的通過,成功的越過[U]
Negotiation of the single-plank bridge was difficult for me.
要走過這座獨木橋對我是件難事。
allay
1.
使平靜,平息
Father helped to allay her fears.
父親幫助她消除恐懼。
2.
使緩和,減輕
The injection allayed his pain.
打針後,他的痛苦減輕了。
opposition
n. (名詞 noun)[U]

1.
反對;反抗;對抗[(+to)]
The new tax program met with fierce opposition.
新的徵稅計劃遭到強烈反對。
2.
敵對;對立;意見相反[(+to)]
We wish to know if you have anything to say in opposition.
我們想知道你有沒有相反的意見要說。
3.
(常大寫)反對黨[the S][G]
the leader of the opposition
反對黨領袖
4.
反對派;對手;對方隊[the S][G]
5.
對面的位置(或方向)[(+to)]
the houses in opposition to each other
面對面的幾所房子
6.
【天】衝
7.
【邏】對當,對當法
postpone
vt. (及物動詞 transitive verb)

1.
使延期,延遲,延緩[(+to/until)][+v-ing]
They postponed sending an answer to a request.
他們耽擱了對一項請求的答覆。
The concert has been postponed to Saturday.
音樂會延遲到星期六。
The sports meet was postponed because of rain.
運動會因雨延期。
2.
把...放在次要地位
postpone private gain to the public welfare
把個人利益置於公眾福利之後
3.
【文】把...放在後面(或句尾)

vi. (不及物動詞 intransitive verb)

1.
延遲,延緩
2.
(瘧疾等)延緩發作(或復發)
disrupt
vt. (及物動詞 transitive verb)

1.
使分裂,使瓦解
Slavery seemed likely to disrupt the Union then.
當時,奴隸制似乎有可能分裂美國。
2.
使混亂,使中斷
The heavy storm has disrupted telephone service.
暴風雨使電話中斷。

a. (形容詞 adjective)

1.
破裂的,中斷的
I hope their disrupt friendship will be renewed.
我希望他們中斷的友誼會繼續起來。

Progressive
a. (形容詞 adjective)

1.
進步的;先進的;革新的
He was a progressive thinker.
他是個進步的思想家。
2.
向前進的;發展中的[Z]
3.
漸次的,逐漸的;累進的[Z]
4.
【醫】進行性的,愈來愈嚴重的[Z]
5.
【美】進步教學法的(強調個性、自我表現等)[Z]
6.
【語】進行時的[Z]
7.
【美】【史】(大寫)進步黨的[Z]

n. (名詞 noun)[C]

1.
進步分子;革新主義者
2.
【美】【史】(大寫)進步黨黨員
sovereignty
n. (名詞 noun)

1.
君權,統治權[U]
These actions were interpreted as a threat to national sovereignty.
這些行為被理解為一個對國家統治權的威脅。
2.
主權[U][(+over)]
The neighboring country demanded sovereignty over the island.
它的鄰國要求對該島擁有主權。
3.
主權國家;擁有獨立主權的地區[C]
reliant
a. (形容詞 adjective)

1.
依賴的;依靠的
2.
有信心的
destroy
1.
毀壞,破壞
A fire destroyed the house.
一場火毀壞了那座房屋。
2.
殺死,消滅
3.
打破(希望,計劃);使失敗
What he said destroyed our last hope.
他說的話摧毀了我們最後的希望。
n. (名詞 noun)[C]

sector
1.
【數】扇形;扇形面
2.
【軍】防禦地段;防區;分區
3.
部分;部門
the private sector of industry
私營工業部門
4.
函數尺;象限儀
5.
【電腦】段,區段;扇面,扇區

vt. (及物動詞 transitive verb)

1.
把...分成部分(或部門等)
relevant
a. (形容詞 adjective)[(+to)]

1.
有關的;切題的;恰當的
His nationality isn't relevant to whether he is a good lawyer.
他的國籍跟他是不是一個好律師不相關。
2.
有意義的;關係重大的
investment
1.
投資;投資額;投資物[U][C][(+in)]
He made a large investment in the business enterprise.
他對那個企業作了大量投資。
His investments amount to five million dollars.
他的投資額達五百萬元。
2.
(精力,時間等的)投入[U]
3.
授權(儀式);授爵(儀式)[U][C]
4.
【軍】包圍;封鎖[U]
trade
n. (名詞 noun)

1.
貿易,交易,商業[U]
Japan does lots of trade with the United States.
日本與美國間的貿易頻繁。
2.
行業[the S]
3.
手藝;職業[C][U]
He is a blacksmith by trade.
他是個鐵匠。
4.
營業額,交易量[S][(+in)]
5.
同業者,同行[the S][G]
6.
交換[U][C]
He got these eggs as a trade.
他交換到這些雞蛋。
7.
顧客,主顧[U]
That department store has a lot of trade.
那家百貨公司顧客很多。
8.
【氣】貿易風,信風[the P]

vt. (及物動詞 transitive verb)

1.
交換[(+for)]
She traded three apples for a bunch of bananas.
她用三顆蘋果換得一串香蕉。
Can I trade my tobacco for your matches?
我用煙草換你的火柴行嗎?

vi. (不及物動詞 intransitive verb)

1.
做買賣,進行交易[(+in/with)]
He trades in silk.
他經營絲綢貿易。
2.
【美】做主顧[(+at/with)]
I used to trade at that store.
過去我常在那家商店買東西。
dispute
vi. (不及物動詞 intransitive verb)

1.
爭論;爭執[(+about/on/over/with/against)]
The two countries disputed for years over a small strip of land on their border.
這兩個國家為了邊界上一塊土地已經爭執多年。
It is ridiculous to dispute about such things.
爭論這類事情真是可笑。

vt. (及物動詞 transitive verb)

1.
爭論;爭執[+wh-]
The couple disputed where to spend the holiday.
夫妻倆為上哪兒度假而發生爭論。
2.
對...提出質疑
They disputed the election results.
他們對選舉結果提出異議。
3.
阻止,抵抗
4.
爭奪(土地,勝利等)
The two teams were disputing the cup.
兩隊正在爭奪獎杯。

n. (名詞 noun)

1.
爭論;爭執;爭端[C][U][(+about/over/with)]
The dispute was settled last week.
爭端在上週解決了。
expect
vt. (及物動詞 transitive verb)

1.
預計...可能發生(或來到);預料;預期[+(that)][+to-v][O2]
He expected to finish the work by March.
他預期三月份完成這項工作。
We expected that you would succeed.
我們預計你會成功的。
2.
期待;等待;盼望
That's just what we expected.
那正是我們所期望的。
I'll expect you for supper at six o'clock.
我六點等你吃晚飯。
3.
認為理應得到;指望;要求[(+from)][O2]
Don't expect too much of him.
別對他期望過高。
I expect you to be punctual.
我要求你準時。
The professor expected respect from his students.
教授認為學生理應尊敬他。
4.
想;認為[W][Y][+(that)]
I expect you are right.
我想你是對的。

vi. (不及物動詞 intransitive verb)

1.
期待;預期
2.
(用進行式)懷孕,懷胎
Mary is expecting.
瑪麗懷孕了。
consensus
1.
一致
2.
合意
3.
輿論
conclude
vt. (及物動詞 transitive verb)

1.
結束[(+by/with)]
We concluded our meeting at 9 o'clock.
我們九點鐘結束了會議。
2.
推斷出,斷定[W][Y][+that]
What can you conclude from these observations?
你從這些觀察中能得出什麼結論?
3.
締結(條約)[(+with)]
4.
(最後)決定(為)[+to-v][+that]
He concluded that he would wait a little longer.
他決定再等一會兒。
He concluded to quit on pay day.
他決定在發薪水這天辭職。

vi. (不及物動詞 intransitive verb)

1.
結束,終了[(+with)]
The meeting concluded after two hours.
兩小時後會議結束了。
2.
斷定
3.
達成協議
4.
作出(最後)決定
competitiveness
競爭力
potentially
1.
潛在地;可能地
She's potentially our best player, but she needs to practice much harder.
她有可能成為我們最好的球員,但她需要更加努力練習。
2.
【古】強有力地;權威地
petrochemical
a. (形容詞 adjective)

1.
石油化學的

n. (名詞 noun)

1.
石油化學製品
legislative
a. (形容詞 adjective)[B]

1.
立法的
legislative powers
立法權
2.
有立法權的
Congress is a legislative body.
國會是立法機構。
3.
由法律規定的;根據法律執行的
a legislative decree
法令
4.
立法機構的;立法機構成員的
legislative committees
立法委員會

n. (名詞 noun)

1.
立法機構[C]
sufficient
1.
足夠的,充分的[(+for)][+to-v]
Her income is not sufficient to support her family.
她的收入不夠養活家人。
$2000 will be sufficient for the trip.
這次旅行兩千元就夠了。
They had food and clothing sufficient for their needs.
他們有足夠所需的食品和衣服。
2.
【古】能勝任的,有充分能力的[(+for)]
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