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Premier hoping for passage of cross-strait accord oversight act

Premier hoping for passage of cross-strait accord oversight act

Taipei, March 17 (CNA) Premier Mao Chi-kuo (???) spelled out Tuesday -- one day before the first anniversary of the Sunflower Student Movement -- his hope that a draft oversight act for agreements between Taiwan and China will clear the legislative floor as soon as possible. Mao called for the early passage of the bill during an interpellation session at the Legislative Yuan. He told lawmakers that in terms of economic and trade opening, the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are in a state of stagnancy compared with other economies in the world. "The enactment of the bill is a very important step" in terms of cross-strait negotiations, he said. The Sunflower Movement refers to massive protests that activists -- mostly college students -- began in front of the Legislative Yuan March 18, 2014, in which they voiced opposition to the cross-strait trade-in-services agreement and their anger over the haste of the Legislature's review of the accord. During the protest, the activists stormed the Legislature and occupied its main hall. The occupation lasted until April 10, several days after Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng agreed that the cross-strait agreement would not be reviewed before legislation of the oversight act. At Tuesday's legislative session, Mao said that society has learned a lot from the student movement. "Multiple opinions help (the formation of) a democratic society," Mao said. However, during the process, people must pay a price, he said. Meanwhile, as civic groups announced a plan to hold a parade around the Legislative Yuan Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the Sunflower Movement, the Executive Yuan built up security facilities in its compound, situated close to the Legislative Yuan. Executive Yuan spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (???) said that the building's security will be reinforced and he expressed hope that any activities will be carried out in a legal, peaceful and rational manner. (By Chen Wei-ting, Hsieh Chia-chen and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-24 13:23 GMT+08:00