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Ma administration unveils bill to oversee China pacts

FITS THE BILL?The Cabinet said the bill heeded protesters’ calls for a mechanism to monitor cross-strait deals, but that the service pact they want it to apply to is exempt

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Second, during the pre-signing stage, civic groups would be allowed to conduct their own impact assessment reports on proposed bilateral agreements.

If their conclusions differ significantly from those reached by the Cabinet, the legislature would then have the right to demand the government renegotiate the pact.

A third discrepancy between the two versions was resolved when the government last night agreed to the stipulations in the group’s proposal that a cross-strait agreement can be revised after it is signed and that it will renegotiate terms with Beijing if the legislature fails to ratify a pact.

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