Legislative speaker urges progress on pilot zone bill
Central News Agency
2014-06-14 10:28 PM
Taipei, June 14 (CNA) Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng urged ruling and opposition legislators on Saturday to make progress on legislation governing free economic pilot zones during the extra legislative that started Friday. Speaking at a ceremony in which he received an honorary doctorate from National Changhua University of Education, Wang also said that another controversial bill -- a trade-in-services agreement Taiwan signed with China in June 2013 -- is unlikely to be approved during the session. The bill on the economic pilot zones, a major government initiative to liberalize Taiwan's economy, has been stalled in the Legislature because of fierce opposition from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Despite the government's push for the bill to be enacted during the current session, there are doubts that the administration will get its wish, and activists have renewed calls to block the measure. Chen Wei-ting, a student leader of the Sunflower Movement, warned in Kaohsiung on Saturday that students may again occupy the Legislature if the ruling Kuomintang rushes to approve the bill during the extra session. KMT Legislator Huang Chao-shun, convener of the joint committee reviewing the bill, responded that the Legislative Yuan follows a collegiate system and though she is the committee's convener, there is no way she could ram the bill through. Legislative Speaker Wang, meanwhile, also urged the DPP not to over-interpret the visit to Taiwan by Zhang Zhijun, the head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, during the week of June 23. Wang was responding to DPP lawmaker Tsai Chi-chang's comment that it was "unwise" for Zhang to choose to visit Taiwan during the Legislature's extra session, when legislation on the oversight of cross-strait agreements or the trade-in-services pact might be discussed. Zhang will not visit Taipei, Taiwan's capital, but will instead visit the DPP-governed Kaohsiung and meet with the southern city's mayor, Chen Chu, Wang said. (By Wu Jhe-hao, Chang Che-fon and Evelyn Kao)
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