Bills on oversight of cross-strait agreements pass committee stage

04/17/2019 10:58 PM
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通)
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通)

Taipei, April 17 (CNA) The Legislature's Internal Administration Committee on Wednesday passed several versions of a bill that aims to provide oversight of agreements forged between Taiwan and China, but no consensus was reached on the title or other aspects of the bill.

The committee reviewed six different versions of the bill during a session that was attended by Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通), Deputy Interior Minister Chen Tsung-yen (陳宗彥) and other officials.

The purpose of the bill is to allow the public to participate in and monitor agreements between Taiwan and China.

Legislators, however, could not decide on the title and articles of the bill, even after a 40-minute debate. Committee chair Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) said therefore that all titles, articles and motions for modifications will be suspended until the party caucuses can negotiate to find common ground.

Lin of the opposition Kuomintang said it would not make sense to move the bill forward if legislators could not agree on the title, but he was pleased that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus allowed the bill to clear the committee stage.

DPP Legislator Chang Hung-lu (張宏陸) said the deadlock left the party no choice but to agree to cross-party caucus negotiations.

(By Chen Chun-hua and Emerson Lim)


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