Taiwan’s parliament may not be able to pass the cross-strait service agreement this year, which may result in procrastination of negotiations on a cross-strait goods trade deal and signing of an economic partnership agreement between the island and Singapore, United Daily News reported Friday, citing an unnamed official with the island’s financial authorities. Based on the parliament’s agenda, there will be seven more public hearings on the service pact after nine have been completed, the report said. The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is inclined to hold one every other week, making passage by year-end impossible, it said. Economic Minister Chang Chia-juch admitted that it is a challenge to pass the past this year, but said he hopes the negotiations on the cross-strait goods trade deal can continue, the report said.
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