Wang Jin-pyng vexed by KMT refusal to review TiSA
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-03-26 01:48 PM
Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng brought together legislators from both the ruling and opposition sides for the second time Tuesday in hopes of resolving the impasse over the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). Despite frequent messages from the Presidential Office asserting that it had no objection to subjecting the agreement to a clause-by-clause review in the Legislative Yuan, KMT legislators took a hard line, and after an hour and a half of squabbling the talks went nowhere. Green Camp legislators noted that Wang was extremely dissatisfied with the ruling party’s stance in the discussions.

DPP General Convener Ker Chien-ming said that neither the ruling nor the opposition party was willing to compromise on the issue. Given that, he said, it may be better to wait and see if Ma Ying-jeou meets with student protesters before resuming any discussions on the possibility of a review in the Legislative Yuan.

Ker called the KMT action double-dealing, saying the party says one thing but does another. He said President Ma Ying-jeou and the Presidential Office announced that a complete review of TiSA would be acceptable, but the attitude of the KMT caucus has not changed. On Tuesday, however, the KMT said that a session chaired by KMT legislator Chang Ching-chung would stand while one chaired by DPP legislator Chen Chi-mai was invalid, reportedly leaving Wang Jin-pyng "livid" with rage.

TSU General Convener Lai Chen-chang cited Wang as saying both sides of the aisle need to make concessions if they want to make peace with each other. Legislator Lin Hung-chih explained that last week he had given Wang a written report on the party’s position. Ker Chien-ming had said this showed that President Ma was ready to show goodwill and admit that he had been in error, adding that "All that is needed to preserve peace in the land is for (Ma) to adjust his position." Ker warned that if the KMT delegation continues to maintain its current stance nothing good will come out of meetings between the two sides and the DPP will no longer participate in negotiations.

Lin noted that the TSU has said TiSA should be sent back while the DPP is saying the pact should be reviewed in detail, and naturally the two parties cannot agree on a course of action. He added that TiSA is closely tied to future development of Taiwan’s trade, and there is no need for haste on that aspect. On the other hand, Taiwan's economy cannot wait, and sending TiSA back for renewed negotiations would impact everything too sharply, thus the KMT could never agree to that.

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