Government submits bill to oversee pacts with China; students reject it (2014/04/03)

The student protest over the trade-in-services pact Taiwan signed with China is now in its 17th day. One of the demands of the students occupying the Legislative Yuan is that an oversight mechanism for pacts with China be created. The government submitted a proposed mechanism Thursday that it says would increase transparency in the process and get more people involved. But the students rejected it out of hand. 

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DPP lawmakers again block review of trade-in-services pact with China (2014/04/03)

The DPP blocked a review of a trade-in-services pact with China for the second day in a row. DPP lawmakers locked the door of the room in which the joint committee session was to be held, keeping out their KMT colleagues and preventing the meeting from taking place. Committee convener Chang Ching-chung said the review would have to be rescheduled. 

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Hundreds of trade pact demonstrators under investigation (2014/04/03)

More than 200 people are under investigation for alleged offenses related to storming and occupying the Executive Yuan and Legislative Yuan. Student leader Lin Fei-fan describes this as President Ma Ying-jeou’s “revenge.” 

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Premier worries citizen monitoring mechanism would disrupt status quo (2014/04/04)

Another problem Premier Jiang Yi-huah has with the citizens’ version of the monitoring mechanism for cross-strait agreements is that it assumes Taiwan is a sovereign state. Jiang worries this would disrupt the cross-strait status quo by creating a legal basis for the two-nation theory. 

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Baltimore Orioles Chen Wei-yin makes first start of the year (2014/04/04)

The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox entered the day with their season opening series tied at one game apiece. Looking to win the series for Baltimore in his first start of the year was Taiwan native Chen Wei-yin.

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Student leader clarifies interview given to Bloomberg (2014/04/03)

Lin Fei-fan gave an interview to Bloomberg in which he suggested that an exit from the Legislature could be discussed should certain conditions be met. But when the local media focused on the story’s headline that said an end to the occupation was in sight, Lin felt compelled to clarify his stance. 

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Vacant Post (2014/04/03)

The student occupation of the Legislative Yuan has indirectly left the nation without a top prosecutor. 

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15-year-old compiling impressive taekwondo resume (2014/04/03)

Tonight we go to Hualien to visit one of Taiwan’s best young taekwondo athletes. Fresh off a gold medal performance late last month, Wang Chen-yu says his goal is to eventually win gold at the Olympics. 

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Forecasters predict moderate temperatures over the long weekend (2014/04/03)

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DPP blocks attempt at legislative review of cross-strait trade-in-services pact (2014/04/02)

Review of the trade-in-services pact Taiwan signed with China is scheduled to take place tomorrow in legislative committee. But if today’s failed attempt at reconciliation is any indication, the review is unlikely to take place.

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