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Service trade accord faces test in legislature

Service trade accord faces test in legislature

Taipei, July 28 (CNA) Taiwan's service trade agreement with China will face a test in the country's legislature on Monday as members prepare to review the accord in detail, raising the spectre of possible renegotiations with Beijing. Ruling and opposition legislators reached a consensus on July 26 that the service trade agreement with China should be reviewed at a joint meeting of all legislative committees during a Legislative Yuan extraordinary session scheduled to be held from July 29 through Aug. 9. Lin Hung-chih, party whip of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), on Sunday expressed hope that the service pact would pass the first reading during the extraordinary session. If the opposition legislators demand a consultation among party caucuses, the review will be delayed until the next formal session starting in September, he said. If the articles of the service pact are rejected or revised, Lin noted, it would certainly affect the implementation of the accord and would inevitably result in renegotiations with China. The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) whip Ker Chien-ming said that several articles of the agreement that are not on a reciprocal basis would need to be revised. Hsu Chung-hsin, legislative caucus whip of a minor opposition party, the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), stated that it would not be appropriate to review the service trade pact during the extraordinary session. The TSU will call for public hearings with related operators in the service industry and will not rule out the possibility of revising some of the articles, Hsu said. Taiwan and China signed he agreement on June 21 to open up certain sectors of the service industry to each other but the accord has come under attack from the opposition parties and some in the industry who said that it came at the expense of local jobs and businesses. The KMT dominates the 113-seat Legislative Yuan with 65 seats, while the DPP has 40 seats and the TSU has three. (By Wang Chin-yi, Wen Kuei-hsiang and Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-10-25 14:55 GMT+08:00