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Ma expresses hope for 'fruitful' interim session

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that the Legislative Yuan is slated to begin its interim session on June 13, and that hopefully lawmakers will place the cross-strait agreement supervisory act, the special act governing the Free Economic Pilot Zones and the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement on the docket.

The president yesterday met with Jerome A. Cohen, faculty director of New York University School of Law's US-Asia Law Institute, at the Presidential Office. Cohen last visited in December 2013.

Speaking about the anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam, the president said that more than 400 Taiwanese firms were affected, with damages estimated at more than US$500 million.

The president added that the government is in the process of negotiating with the Vietnamese authorities over compensation.

The Legislative Yuan will hold its interim session on June 13, and hopefully the cross-strait agreement supervisory act, the special act governing the Free Economic Pilot Zones and the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement will be placed on the agenda, because these are bills of major importance that concern Taiwan's economic development and its ties with mainland China, the president said.

The president also mentioned that he released a statement on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests in an effort to urge Beijing to facilitate political rehabilitation and protect human rights.

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