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Trade Deal with China Opposed in Taiwan
Mar 24, 2014

Hundreds of protesters opposed to a far-reaching trade pact with China invaded Taiwan's Cabinet offices, marking a sharp escalation in a student-led movement against the island's rapidly developing ties with the communist mainland. Taiwanese police have clashed with hundreds of students who occupied government headquarters to protest at a trade deal with China

The protesters say the agreement with China would hurt Taiwan's economy and leave it vulnerable to pressure from Beijing. The students wants more scrutiny over all future dealings with China, including any trade agreements. They also want the current deal—which would allow the two sides to invest more freely in each other's services markets—to be scrapped.

The protests began early last week after ruling party MPs said a joint committee had completed its review of the pact, which was signed in June 2013 but has not yet been ratified by MPs. Students broke into the legislature and have since defied police efforts to evict them, using barricades made of furniture. Thousands of people rallied to support the students, and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party has also backed them.

Taiwani President Ma Ying-jeou said, that the seizure of parliament broke the law. I must say the pact is completely for the sake of Taiwan's economic future. China is Taiwan's biggest trading partner and in recent years ties between the two have improved. Student leaders rejected Ma's claims, insisting that tying Taiwan too close to China would harm Taiwan's hard-won democratic freedoms and pave the way for China's eventual takeover of the island.

Earlier this year, however, they held their first direct government-to-government talks. In the past, all talks have gone via quasi-official organisations. They have also signed several trade and investment agreements in recent years, but some fear greater economic integration with China could threaten Taiwan.

The two sides split at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.


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