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Nov 10, 2008

11/10 roundup

The DPP is raising a bill to amend the Parade and Assembly Law (集會遊行法) today, while LY Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) both say the Legislative and Executive Yuan can "discuss" amending it (despite this being a Ma campaign promise, and this being a 100% KMT issue during the red shirt time period). Meanwhile, the Presidential office is backtracking on its previous promise, saying we need a "social consensus" before amendments. The Education Minister Cheng Jei-cheng (鄭瑞城), meanwhile, is making plans to visit those students who continue to protest in Taipei.

President Ma Ying-jeou again expresses willingness to meet with DPP Chair Tsai-Ying-wen (蔡英文), while saying that "any violent incident" (such as those of last week in which the DPP played no part) directly results in "the destruction of democracy" and that any "illegal action" (such as last weeks demonstrations, even the peaceful ones) "delegitimize" the DPP. Tsai, for her part, just wants China to recognize that the cross-strait situation is not finalized.

A recent opinion poll indicates 70% of people want cross-straits agreements to become "proceduralized," an apparent reference to review process instead of just singular signings. Finally, the Liberty Times has a collection to how Ma viewed Pan-Blue protests in 2000, 2004 and 2006.

Foreign Affairs Minister Francisco Ou (歐鴻鍊) is calling on the US to mark Taiwan as "Taiwan" and not "Taiwan - China" in the green card lottery.

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