Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Taiwan stages mass anti-China trade pact rally  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - AFP - 30/03/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - AFP) Tens of thousands of Taiwanese protesters took to the streets in Taipei on Sunday in a bid to pressure embattled President Ma Ying-jeou to retract a controversial trade pact with China. The protesters, many wearing black shirts and headbands reading "defend democracy, retract service trade pact," crowded the streets leading to the presidential office, despite fresh concessions offered by Ma to further scrutinise agreements with China."The people cannot accept the government's reckless decision to sign the service trade pact with China. The government doesn't listen to the people who demand the pact be retracted," said protester Ko Hsuan-yu, a 25-year-old graduate student.Security was tight as 3,500 police were deployed in the official presidential neighbourhood.The high security presences comes after violent clashes on March 23, when a group of protesters stormed government headquarters. More than 100 people were injured when baton-wielding riot police used water cannon to disperse demonstrators and retake the government building in that incident. Organisers aimed to attract more than 100,000 people to the Sunday protest and vowed to hold a peaceful demonstration. An initial police estimate of the crowd was around 87,000."We will not react to any violent actions from the police or other groups. We will maintain peace ... any form of violence is totally prohibited in this movement," said student leader Lin Fei-fan.

Around 200 student-led demonstrators have occupied parliament's main chamber for nearly two weeks in a bid to stop the trade pact with China. Ma, who has sought closer ties with China since becoming the island's leader in 2008, said Saturday he would agree to demands that a law be introduced to monitor all agreements with China. But he rejected the protesters' main demand -- that the service trade agreement signed with China in June last year be retracted, saying it could "cause too much damage to Taiwan". The pact is designed to open up further trade in services between China and Taiwan, which split 65 years ago after a civil war. But the protesters say the deal will damage Taiwan's economy and leave it vulnerable to political pressure from China. The deal is a follow-up agreement to a sweeping Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement signed in 2010 to reduce trade barriers between China and Taiwan. Ma, whose approval ratings sit at just 10 percent, has overseen a marked thaw in relations with Beijing since he came to power pledging to strengthen trade and tourism links. He was re-elected in January 2012. But China still considers Taiwan as part of its territory awaiting reunification -- by force if necessary.

 


AFP




  MENA News Headlines
 Jul 1 2016 - Qatar, Indonesia join forces in gas searchMENAFN
(MENAFN) Indonesia is seeking partnership with Qatari top firms such as Qatar Petroleum or RasGas for gas exploration on its land, based on recent reports.Indonesia already sees and realizes the ...

 Jul 1 2016 - UAE seeks for India to be top business partnerMENAFN
(MENAFN) India is forecasted to surpass Japan as the top export destination of the UAE by the year 2030, according to the latest reports.Japan and India stood at 11 percent and 6 percent respectively ...

 Jul 1 2016 - Omani Port of Salalah initiates new crucial line servicesMENAFN
(MENAFN) Oman's Port of Salalah, a key Arab Gulf region gateway port for the Arabian Sea, is going to have French-based CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping line adding two new ...

 Jul 1 2016 - Kuwait oil price up 54 cents to USD44.66 pbKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, July 1 (KUNA) -- The price of Kuwait oil went up by 54 cents to reach USD 44.66 per barrel Thursday after trading at USD 44.12 pb the day before, said ...

 Jul 1 2016 - Sabbiyah shrimp project to achieve production boom - studyKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, July 1 (KUNA) -- The proposed Sabbiyah shrimp farming project expected to be a leading one is designed to achieve a production boom to meet the rising ...

 Jul 1 2016 - Kuwait- No makeshift eid prayer locations -- ministryKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, July 1 (KUNA) -- Eid Al-Fitr prayers will be confined to mosques and no makeshift prayer places will be set up, the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs ...

 Jul 1 2016 - Kuwait- His Highness the Amir congratulates Rwanda on nat'l dayKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, July 1 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable of congratulations Friday to Rwanda''s President Paul Kagame ...

 Jul 1 2016 - Kuwait- His Highness the Amir congratulatesc Canada on nat'l dayKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, July 1 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable of congratulations Friday to General Governor of Canada David ...

 Jul 1 2016 - Kuwait- His Highness the Amir congratulates Burundi on nat'l dayKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, July 1 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable of congratulations Friday to Burundi''s President Pierre ...

 Jul 1 2016 - Saudi Arabia condemns Bahrain blastKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) JEDDAH, July 1 (KUNA) -- Saudi Arabia has condemned "the terrorist act" that happened in eastern Bahrain killing a woman and injuring her children. The official ...

more...


 





Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help