KMT to discuss cross-strait talk rules today



TAIPEI, Taiwan — The minister in charge of Taiwan’s China policy is set to be present when lawmakers of the ruling Kuomintang’s (KMT) caucus meet Wednesday to discuss drafting legislation to monitor agreements between Taiwan and China amid protesters calling for closer scrutiny.

Lin Hung-chih, who is still the KMT caucus whip pending approval of his resignation, said Tuesday that the Cabinet would likely pass its draft bill for the supervision act Thursday at the earliest. Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Wang Yu-chi will give a briefing to the KMT’s legislative caucus members, and Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo and Minister of Economic Affairs Chang Chia-juch will also attend the meeting to discuss related issues, Lin said.

Wang visited the KMT Policy Committee, headed by Lin, Tuesday morning but did not present a draft of the proposed legislation.

The mainland affairs minister said his council will give a concrete proposal on the legislation Wednesday and solicit feedback from ruling lawmakers, according to Lin.

Student protesters opposing the cross-strait trade-in-services agreement have been occupying the Legislature since March 18, calling on the government to shelve the pact until a new law to oversee cross-strait agreements is established and a “citizens’ constitutional conference” is held.