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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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DPP says president has failed to convince citizens of need for trade pact (2014/04/02)

For those suspicious of the cross-strait trade-in-services pact, yesterday President Ma Ying-jeou said not to worry because the pact is just like a marriage – it can always be terminated. Today the DPP took Ma to task for this and other comments by asking why Taiwan should enter into an agreement if the people aren’t sure how it will be beneficial. 

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Culture minister praises students’ style, says they lack substance (2014/04/02)

Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai praised students occupying the Legislative Yuan for their ability to organize a movement. But she also called their occupation of the lawmaking body illegal and unjustified. 

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Students continue to insist on citizens’ constitutional conference (2014/04/02)

The Cabinet seems likely to propose a national affairs conference on trade and economics to discuss opposition concerns over the cross-strait trade and services pact. This has failed to satisfy student demonstrators who insist on a citizens’ constitutional conference. 

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KMT lawmaker moots possibility of renegotiating trade pact (2014/04/02)

To give President Ma the space he needs to end the student-led occupation of the Legislative Yuan, KMT Legislator Lu Shiow-yen suggested that Beijing allow adjustments to the trade-in-services pact. But a Chinese official threw cold water on the idea by remarking that there are few precedents for trade talks being renegotiated. 

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Students stage sit-in over review of trade-in-services pact (2014/04/02)

As the DPP blocked review of the cross-strait trade-in-services pact inside the Legislative Yuan, students staged a sit-in outside. The students demand that legislation for a cross-strait agreement monitoring mechanism be completed before review of the pact proceeds. 

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Premier Jiang Yi-huah offers encouragement and extra funds to police officers (2014/04/02)

Student occupation of the Legislative Yuan has led to overtime for many of the nation’s police officers. Today Premier Jiang Yi-huah met with some of the officers and thanked them for their hard work.

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Chen to Face Red Sox (2014/04/02)

Taiwan’s Chen Wei-yin is scheduled to start the final game of the Baltimore Orioles opening home stand against the Boston Red Sox. Chen will take the mound on Friday at 7 am, Taiwan time, against lefty Felix Doubront. Here is a clip of Chen promoting FTV 

偉殷挺民視

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Former gang leader and pro-China activist confronts student protestors (2014/04/01)

Tension was high today at the Legislative Yuan when a former leader of the Bamboo Union gang and pro-China activist confronted student protesters. Chang An-lo compared the students to kidnappers and demanded that they leave the lawmaking body. 

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Students relieved after former gang leader leaves Legislative Yuan (2014/04/01)

Student leaders have generally tried to keep occupation of the Legislative Yuan peaceful. They were pleased when former gang leader Chang An-lo left the Legislative Yuan today without major incident. 

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Attempt at Negotiations Fails (2014/04/01)

For a moment, there was talk of discussion between demonstrators for and against the cross-strait trade-in-services pact. At one point both sides dispatched representatives for talks. 

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Alleged links between former gang leader and Ma Ying-jeou (2014/04/01)

For years President Ma Ying-jeou has been dogged by rumors that he and former gang leader Chang An-lo are close associates. Some of the most damaging allegations came just before Ma’s first election as president, in which he admitted that his sister had met Chang in China while Chang was a fugitive of the law. 

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Committee co-convener, caucus whip apologize for ramming trade pact through committee (2014/04/01)

The spark that led students to occupy the Legislative Yuan was when a KMT legislator rammed the trade-in-services pact through committee in just 30 seconds. Students decried the ruling party over what they perceived to be a failure to follow democratic procedures. Since then, the responsible legislator and caucus whip have apologized and agreed to send the pact back to committee for review. 

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Lin Fei-fan says occupation of Legislative Yuan justified in face of illegal acts by government (2014/04/01)

In an interview with Al Jazeera, a leader of the student occupation of the Legislative Yuan argued that civil disobedience is justified because the government broke the law. Lin Fei-fan said that the students plan to continue their protest until a “proper response” from the Ma Ying-jeou administration is received. 

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Baltimore Orioles open season against Boston Red Sox (2014/04/01)

In their home opener, the Baltimore Orioles took on the Boston Red Sox. Both clubs started their ace in a game that played out as a pitcher’s duel. 

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President, business leaders search for ways to end standoff over trade-in-services pact (2014/03/31)

President Ma Ying-jeou says the Cabinet will announce plans for a civic constitutional meeting as early as Thursday. It is one of several olive branches Ma has offered to students protesting against the cross-strait trade-in-services pact. But Ma has not managed to build a platform for dialogue with the students, which has led some anxious business leaders to propose meeting with the students themselves. 

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Vice economics minister explains trade-in-services pact to students (2014/03/31)

With President Ma Ying-jeou unable to make substantial progress with the students occupying the Legislature, the government has begun to take its argument to university campuses. On that front, Vice Economics Minister Woody Duh visited National Chengchi University today to explain the cross-strait trade-in-services pact to students. 

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Organizers and police vary wildly in estimating rally attendance figures (2014/03/31)

Organizers of yesterday’s Sunflower Movement mass rally estimated that crowds reached half a million people. That was more than four times the number put forward by police, making it difficult to know whom to trust. 

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Student crews lauded for keeping the peace at rally (2014/03/31)

Praise has been widespread for the peaceful nature of Sunday’s rally. In part this was due to student crews who ended the rally in the early evening and helped keep the day’s proceedings under control. 

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Veteran protest organizer offers strategic advice to students (2014/03/31)

It is still unclear how the impasse between the students opposed to the cross-strait trade-in-services pact and the Ma Ying-jeou administration will be resolved. A former protest leader urged demonstrators to force dialogue with Ma or risk losing support over time.

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