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Taiwan DPP lawmakers slam cross-strait agreements to take effect without review

DPP Legislator Chiu Yi-ying. (file photo) Chiu and the DPP legislative caucus said on Feb. 12 that if the public construction budget passed by the Exe...

DPP Legislator Chiu Yi-ying. (file photo) Chiu and the DPP legislative caucus said on Feb. 12 that if the public construction budget passed by the Exe...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Four agreements signed in last month’s Chiang-Chen talks were passed Thursday by the joint session of Legislative Internal Administration Committee and Transportation Committee amid opposition party lawmakers’ protests. The ruling KMT caucus had decided to review the agreements today, which was postponed in case of opposition protests to the shopping voucher special statute due to pass on the same day Friday. Thus, three agreements of sea transport, direct flight, and postal links will automatically be effective on Dec. 7 in accordance with regulation that agreements will take effect automatically if not reviewed by the Legislative Yuan within one month of the signing.

Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers earlier had slammed the government as “downgrading Taiwan” when food safety agreement had been effective on Nov. 11 without a review of the Legislative Yuan.

In the joint session yesterday, DPP legislators kept criticizing the Mainland Affairs Council and the Straits Exchange Foundation that they bore no respect to the Legislative Yuan and that the agreements had become laws as soon as being signed. A DPP Legislator even threw the Six Laws to the ground to express his anger that Taiwan’s law had been trampled down.

DPP presented nine propositions regarding the food safety and postal links agreements in the voting. After negotiations, four out of nine propositions were passed, including that cross-strait food safety agreement deals with China’s food product, not China’s care to Taiwan’s food safety; government should not have a total dependence on information given by China; permission to check factory in China and specific compensation should be added in agreement; postal format should not downgrade Taiwan. Other five propositions were vetoed by a majority of ruling party lawmakers.

In the second phase concerning the sea and air transport, DPP presented ten propositions but only one was passed, asking that the Executive Yuan should immediately amend laws as the agreements were passed. DPP lawmakers blasted that four agreements breached the law and all left the session for protests before the passing of the sea and air transport agreements.

by Taiwan News, Website Editorial Staff


Updated : 2022-01-23 07:26 GMT+08:00

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