• By Jake Chung / Editor, with CNA

A new site for the Legislative Yuan is still being sought, with a location that symbolizes Taiwanese sovereignty and identity a priority, Legislative Assembly Speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃) said yesterday at an exhibition of possible designs for new land.

The exhibition took place at National Taipei University of Technology and was hosted by China Institute of Urban Design.

It featured designs from the architecture departments of Chinese Culture University, Chung Yuan Christian University, Tunghai University, Shih Chien University, National Cheng Kung University, National Taipei University of Technology and National Kaohsiung University.

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You thanked all of the graduate students who were involved in creating the designs and said that their work would serve as reference concepts when choosing a location.

Legislative buildings in democratic countries often become symbols of their sovereign identity, You said, citing the British principle of “the omnipotence of parliament” and the swearing-in of US presidents before Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington.

As Taiwan expands in the international arena, more dignitaries are expected to visit the deteriorating Legislative Yuan, which cannot be expanded given its status as a historic site, You said, adding that Taiwan is viewed by the ‘Economist Intelligence Unit. and the Freedom House Democracy Index among the world’s major democracies.

Providing a new seat for the Legislative Yuan is an effort that all Taiwanese should support and help achieve, he said.

However, a hasty decision on the location would not be made if no one could be found during his tenure, he said.

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