DPP hopes Ma-Su debate on trade pact can be held soon
By Katherine Wei, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) hopes a debate between the chairmen of the ruling and opposition parties can go ahead as soon as possible, spokesman Wang Ming-shen (王閔生) said yesterday.
August 28, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
After Taiwan Public Television Service announced that both ruling and opposition parties are invited to negotiate today on a debate over the cross-strait service trade pact, the DPP sent Legislator Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌), officials Huang Chi-da (黃致達), Chang Li-ko (張力可) and Wang himself to negotiate, said the spokesman.
The investigation and review conducted by the Legislature should have be the main focus after the pact had been signed, but the DPP welcomes all opportunities for the public to understand more about the contents of the agreement, Wang noted.
He compared the debate to another window opening for the people regarding the allegedly meager understanding of the pact, adding that the debate will not be taking the place of the Legislature's scheduled review of the pact.
“The Legislative Yuan will hold 16 seminars briefing on the agreement, and the chairman debate can be seen as the 17th; allowing the affected industries an idea of how to brace themselves for changes brought by the pact,” said Wang.
As the DPP hopes for the debate to begin as soon as possible, it will do its best in discussing its opinion and getting its point across to its Kuomintang counterparts; hopefully in a rational manner, said Wang. “The people will not be interested in any pre-debate arguments.”
The Presidential Office released a statement similar to the DPP's on Monday, saying that the debate should happen soon and without unnecessary delay.