Service trade pact status unclear in Legislature
Central News Agency
2014-03-18 11:12 AM
Taipei, March 18 (CNA) The exact status of the cross-strait agreement that seeks to lift service industry barriers across the Taiwan Strait was in limbo Tuesday morning as no one appeared able to speak with authority as to where it stood. Amid pushing and shoveling in the Legislature Monday, Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker Chang Ching-chung, co-convener of the Legislature's Internal Administration Committee, declared the pact was now "filed to the legislative floor for future reference." The review of the agreement, which Taiwan signed with China in June 2013, was in effect over, Chang said, as the three-month period of legislative review for what he termed an "administrative order" had passed. When asked Tuesday morning whether his announcement meant the agreement has taken effect in the eyes of the ruling party, Chang said that question would have to be referred to legal experts. Wang Jin-pyng, the speaker of the Legislative Yuan and a member of the KMT, said he did not know whether the service pact has been sent to the floor. But Wang Yu-chi (no relation), head of the Cabinet's Mainland Affairs Council, told reporters that the administration respects the Legislative Yuan's handling of the agreement now that it has been sent to the floor. The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party vowed to block Tuesday's floor meeting from taking any action on the agreement, which the party claims will costs jobs in Taiwan and even threatens Taiwan's national security. (By Tseng Ying-yu and Jay Chen)
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