Cross-party consultations on China trade pact yield no progress
Central News Agency
2014-03-27 12:09 PM
Taipei, March 27 (CNA) The latest round of consultations between the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the opposition on how to end the standoff over a service trade pact with China broke up Thursday with no progress despite a concession made by the KMT's legislative caucus. After the talks hosted by Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, chief caucus whip of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Ker Chien-ming rejected the conditions raised by the KMT for the agreement to receive a full review by the committees. Earlier in the day, the KMT caucus indicated it is prepared for the pact to be returned to the committee level for an item-by-item review with four conditions. KMT caucus whip Lin Hung-chih said that the review should be conducted by a full committee presided over by Wang. Another condition calls for an end to the DPP's "obstructionist" position toward the agreement. (By Chen Wei-ting and Jay Chen)
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