Lawmakers clash over China rules

SUPERVISORY ARTICLES:A DPP legislator said that a review of the articles is not urgent, because Beijing has refused to negotiate with Tsai Ing-wen’s administration

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 21, 2017
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter

Lawmakers yesterday clashed over supervisory articles governing negotiations with

Mainland Affairs Council Minister Katharine Chang speaks during a question-and-answer session at the legislature’s Internal Administration Committee in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

China during a question-and-answer session with Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Katharine Chang (張小月) at the legislature’s Internal Administration Committee.

“I feel that the Democratic Progressive Party [DPP] is not taking a sincere swing at this issue,” said Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator William Tseng (曾銘宗), who, as committee coconvener, has scheduled a review of draft bills to begin tomorrow.

The MAC’s and the DPP caucus’ positions on the urgency of the review are contradictory, he said, questioning whether the council and the caucus were playing “good cop, bad cop” on the issue.

“Even though the council says it attaches great importance to the issue, you have unbelievably refused to put forth your own version of the articles,” he said. “Your own draft version of the articles is supposed to stake out your position, strategy and policy direction, but you have not done any of this. Is that not strange?”    [FULL  STORY]

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