Thursday, April 17, 2014
Beijing reiterated its insistence yesterday that a service trade agreement with Taiwan be kept intact and implemented as is amid widespread opposition to the pact in Taiwan and suggestions that parts of it be renegotiated.
The Supreme Court yesterday finalized former Navy Captain Kuo Li-heng's (郭力恆) verdict, ruling that Kuo should serve 15 years in prison, pay a fine of NT$200 million and return NT$10.4 billion in illegal income to the country over the procurement of Lafayette-class frigates from France in the 1990s.
President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that he is prepared to engage in a debate with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leadership anytime over the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement.
A Wednesday luncheon in Yunnan Province between top Taiwanese and Chinese negotiators closed without discussion of the stalled trade-in-services pact, an apparent indication that concerns in Taiwan over the pact have not hampered cross-strait exchanges, a spokesman said later in the day.
The New Taipei City Government said yesterday that it was prevented from conducting land grading for the planned indigenous cultural area in Sanxia (三峽) by occupants of public land who demanded NT$120 billion for “land improvement” as well as “management and maintenance.”
China Development Financial (CDF, 開發金控) announced yesterday that after its acquisition of Cosmos Bank (萬泰銀行) in July, the company's net asset value will exceed NT$800 billion.
The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the Taipei City Police Department said yesterday it is scheduled to summon student activist Hung Chung-yen (洪崇晏) today for questioning over the demonstration outside of the Zhongzheng First Police Precinct on April 11.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will be proposing a special draft bill on a referendum concerning the island's Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in the Legislature soon, said DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday.
Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said Wednesday that he will help his party win the important seven-in-one local elections in November before thinking about whether he will run for president in 2016.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) yesterday revealed his previous discussions with Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) on negotiations for the student protesters to end their occupation of the Legislature, saying that the duo had resolved the “national crisis” after a week's endeavors.