Meeting at legislative speaker’s residence fails to yield consensus on trade-in-services pact) (2014/03/24)

With student occupation of the Legislature making it all but impossible to review the trade-in-services pact at the lawmaking body, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng gathered lawmakers at his residence today. Discussion showed that ruling and opposition parties remain far apart. 

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Joint statement from professors backs student-led occupation of Legislature (2014/03/24)

Among the students’ biggest supporters are the professors who teach them. A group of professors issued a joint statement today slamming the Ma Ying-jeou administration’s handling of the student occupation. They also called for a “citizen’s constitutional conference,” though Premier Jiang Yi-huah later said he was unsure of the nature of such a meeting. 

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Stabilization Fund Ready (2014/03/24)

Mounting protests over the cross-strait trade-in-services pact led investors to fear a steep decline for local shares. Today, the Ministry of Finance stepped forward to say it will uphold normal market function. In other words, the National Stabilization Fund is ready if it needs to intervene. 

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Ignored by the president, students call for wider action (2014/03/21)

Students continue to occupy the Legislature over their opposition to a trade-in-services pact that Taiwan signed with China. With President Ma Ying-jeou failing to meet their demands, the students are urging all people to join in nationwide protests tomorrow at KMT offices. 

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Amid student occupation, legislative speaker urges president to listen to the people (2014/03/21)

President Ma Ying-jeou hoped to find a solution to the student-led occupation in a meeting between leaders of the executive and legislative branches on Friday. But Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng did not attend. Wang felt it was inappropriate for him to join the meeting and said that Ma should instead negotiate with opposition parties and listen to the people.

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Opposition party backs speaker’s decision to skip meeting with president (2014/03/21)

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s decision to skip the meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou was supported by opposition leaders. The head of the DPP also vowed to defend the students during their occupation. 

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Security Reinforced (2014/03/21)

The student occupation of the Legislature has security forces on edge. From midday today, police began to increase traffic restrictions in Boai Special District, where the Presidential Office is located. 

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Critics fear that trade-in-services pact will turn Taiwan into a second Hong Kong (2014/03/21)

One fear associated with the cross-strait trade-in-services pact is that it sends Taiwan further down the path toward unification with China. Critics compare the pact, and the Economic Cooperation Free Trade Agreement the Ma Ying-jeou administration previously signed, with treaties between Hong Kong and the mainland. They believe that the problems Hong Kong has faced during its integration with the PRC could likewise be felt in Taiwan. ##

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Court Strikes Down Rally Restriction (2014/03/21)

The Constitutional Court ruled Friday on a controversial part of the Assembly and Parade Act. The act bars outdoor rallies from being held without first obtaining permission. 

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Huang Shyh-ming resigns after being found guilty of leaking investigation info (2014/03/21)

When Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng skipped the meeting on the student occupation with President Ma Ying-jeou on Friday, it brought back memories of a major political dispute between the two last year. Today the person who started that dispute by telling Ma about alleged influence peddling by Wang was found guilty of leaking information related to an ongoing investigation. After being convicted, State Prosecutor-General Huang Shyh-ming resigned. 

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