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DPP blasts administration proposal for national conference
Central News Agency
2014-04-03 11:32 PM
Taipei, April 3 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Thursday criticized the administration's proposal of a national economic conference in June for allegedly failing to address the concerns of protesters opposed to the trade-in-services agreement with China. DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang released a statement late in the day blasting the proposal as totally incongruous with the "civic constitutional meeting" demanded by the student protesters occupying the Legislative Yuan.

He called on the president to "return the power to the people" through such a meeting and promise to agree with protesters' calls that a law scrutinizing cross-strait agreements is enacted before the controversial services pact is reviewed by lawmakers. Former DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen also criticized the idea of a national economic conference for what she called too narrow of a focus. She said the conference would not have any substantial impact on current issues. Also on Thursday, the two high-profile leaders of the student movement spoke out against a Cabinet-drafted bill for better oversight of cross-strait agreements. Though the protesters were the ones who called for the bill, Chen Wei-ting, the more emotive of the pair of leaders, said he would "flunk" the Cabinet's version because it fails to respond to protester demands for item-by-item reviews and participation by the general public. Lin Fei-fan, self-styled commander of the protest, urged President Ma Ying-jeou to give a direct response to them instead of "dodging questions" and seeking to discredit the protest movement. The Cabinet has moved to send the Statute for the Processing and Monitoring of Agreements between the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, proposed by the Mainland Affairs Council, to the Legislature for further action. (By Justin Su, Tai Ya-chen and Jeffrey Wu)

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