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
 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan- King departs for CairoJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb. 26 (Petra)- His Majesty King Abdullah II on Thursday left for Cairo on a visit to Egypt during which he will hold talks with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan- 688 dead 14000 injured in traffic accidents in 2014Jordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb. 26 (Petra)Statistics issued by the Central Traffic Department (CTD) Thursday showed that the number of traffic accidents and deaths had declined in 2014 ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan- Conference on women in Sharia concludes meetingsJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb.26 (Petra) - The closing session of Women in Sharia" conference which concluded meetings Wednesday evening discussed challenges faced by workers in the defense ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan condemns burning of church in Jerusalem by Jewish extremistsJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb. 26 (Petra)Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Al Momani Thursday condemned the burning of a church by Jewish extremists in occupied Jerusalem earlier ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan NATO discuss ties counter- terrorism effortsJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb. 26 (Petra)Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs Mohammad Bani Yaseen and NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Lebanese economy to grow 2.2 percent in 2015MENAFN
(MENAFN) Lebanon anticipates its economy to grow 2.5 percent in 2015, according to finance minister, after reporting a Eurobond of USD2.2 billion, the largest issue in the country's history, ...

 Feb 26 2015 - UK's Carillion wins USD590m Dubai construction contractsMENAFN
(MENAFN) UK builder Carillion said that it selected Al Futtaim Carillion as its most preferred bidder for two construction contracts valued at USD590 million, Arabian Business reported.The ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Over 2140 more Egyptians return from LibyaDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) By Marina Makary Egyptians returning from Libya through the Salloum border in the past 24 hours have numbered 2140 state media reported. Cairo International Airport also ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Egypt- TV journalists detained for airing alleged government leaksDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The Supreme State Security Prosecution decided Wednesday to renew the detention of two journalists affiliated with Mekameleen TV channel which aired leaked statements by ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Qatar- HH the Emir Meets U.S. Secretary of StateQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met at his residence in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Discussions during the meeting dealt with the overall events ...

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