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Jiang defends national affairs conference

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) told a press conference yesterday that the government-convened national affairs conference on trade and economics will focus not only on the issue of the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement but also the issue of how Taiwan will approach its economic development in the future.

To further explain why the Cabinet chose not to convene a citizens' conference on the constitution as proposed by student activists, Jiang said that the service trade pact and the on-going Cross-Strait Trade in Goods Agreement negotiations would both influence Taiwan's bids to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Jiang went on to say that considering the great challenge of regional economic integration that Taiwan is currently facing, it is more appropriate to convene a national affairs conference on trade and economics rather than to discuss long-stalled constitutional issues.

The premier said that although the four demands raised by student activists include urging the government to convene a citizens' conference on the constitution, however, on April 2 students claimed that the Ma administration had lost its legitimacy to convene such conference. “We really don't know how to respond to such a demand,” Jiang said.

Conference Schedule

The premier said the National Development Council (NDC) will be in charge of convening the conference, noting that Northern Taiwan, Central Taiwan, Southern Taiwan and Eastern Taiwan will each convene district conferences between late April and mid-May.

After collecting opinions from the four district conferences, the national affairs conference on trade and economics will convene in early June, Jiang added.

The premier went on to say that representatives from industries, academics, government officials, civic groups and political parties will be invited to participate in the conferences. The Cabinet also welcomes students recommended by civic groups, he added.

Jiang said all conferences will be streamed live via the Internet to let more people witness the transparent discussions about Taiwan's economic future.

April 4, 2014    kingsolomon@
These "student" illegal and unreasonable DEMANDS should at best be ignored. When you give them what they've demanded, they add another demand and another, and another with no end. They are power drunk and their head has ballooned to unimaginable proportions. They are making the government look very stupid to the whole world. as the former AIT officer have said, their actions are already illegal, meaning these "students" are holding hostage the government and the government is giving in to their demands. Illegal acts should never be condoned, otherwise anarchy would be the norm in taiwan. the rule of law should be applied equally to everyone. Being a "student" should not mean that he is immune from the law.
April 4, 2014    carltanong@
The corrupt DPP green croc's by using and supporting Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting, the professional kidnapper violently kidnap the Legislative Yuan and held 23 millions as hostage and make demand, themselves are the Lawbreaker, that they committed state crime to advocate the violent overthrow of the Republic of China government.

Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting the professional kidnapper thought that the International Occupy Movement will support them, both must be crazy. The International Occupy Movement is not violator of the Law to become Kidnapper to Kidnap the entire populace through violent and occupy their congress and make demand.

Let’s wait and see the concern citizens will run after u soon and so the majority.
April 4, 2014    linhngchen@
The entire DPP apparatus could be thrown behind bars tomorrow and this would have almost zero effect on the movement. Failing to understand this results in a failure to understand just how resilient and deep-rooted the movement is.
April 6, 2014    cambridgeeng@
The existence of the so called KMT in Taiwan is the greatest obstacle of Taiwan's future. Without the KMT Taiwan will truly be sweet and beautiful. A Taiwan's "national Conference" on any thing will go to no where if the KMT is involved. Period!
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Police with riot shields stand in front of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, yesterday. As occupation of the Legislature continues, the plaques which used to hang on the Legislature walls have been taken down and replaced by banners telling President Ma Ying-jeou to withdraw the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement and resign. (CNA)



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