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Cabinet to postpone national economic conference

TAIPEI--A national economic conference may be postponed from June to July because the list of private sector representatives has yet to be finalized, Executive Yuan spokesman Sun Lih-chyun said on Saturday evening.

A delay is also being considered to expand public participation in the process, such as giving more people the chance to express their opinions on the conference over the Internet, Sun said after a preparatory meeting convened by Premier Jiang Yi-huah.

Jiang announced on April 3 that the government would organize a national economic conference in early June in response to a demand by student-led protesters who occupied Taiwan's Legislature from March 18 to April 10 to protest a trade-in-services agreement with China.

The premier pledged at the time that the meeting would cover trade and economic issues and would not shy away from Taiwan's complex relationship with China.

The controversial services agreement with China, which was signed in June 2013 but is still pending in the Legislature, will be on the agenda as well as a merchandise trade pact and a dispute resolution system with Beijing that are still being negotiated, the premier said.

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