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Taiwanese, Chinese students debate corporate, learning issues

2012/07/22 18:26:12

Taipei, July 22 (CNA) Students from 16 universities in Taiwan and China faced off Sunday in a debate competition in Fujian Province, discussing the topics of corporate social responsibility and learning methods.

The students put forward arguments on whether corporate social responsibility is more important than company profits and whether it is better to learn from books than practical experience.

The competition began Saturday and over the two days competitors cited various sources, ranging from news events and personal experiences to popular Taiwanese and Chinese films and literature, to back their arguments.

Arguing on the benefits that a prosperous company could bring to society, Yin Haitao, a student from China's Guanxi University, cited the example of a forum held by Taiwan's Acer Inc. in March to promote a low-carbon economy.

"If it weren't for Acer's outstanding operation, which made it one of the world's largest PC makers, would it have been able to hold such a forum to promote corporate social responsibility?" asked Yin in one of the 16 first-round debates held over the weekend in Fuzhou City.

In response, Wang Chih-han from National Taiwan University, cited examples of companies engaged in illegal or irresponsible conduct, such as China's toxic milk producers.

"If a company cannot assume its social responsibility, we would rather see it close down," she said.

The annual competition, now in its 11th year, aims to provide a fair, objective and rational forum for young people from Taiwan and China to communicate and discuss problems faced by both sides, the organizers said in a statement.

It also aims to create new ways of exchanging cultural, educational and economic information between the two sides, the organizers said.

Each round of the debate is being scored by a panel of eight judges. The second round of debates and the finals will be held July 23.

The competition is jointly organized by Taiwan's Chinese Youth International and the China Association for Science and Technology.

(By Christie Chen)