台湾群众抗议中国贸易协议Mass protest held in Taiwanagainst Chinatrade deal
At least 100,000 people have taken to thestreets of Taiwan's capital Taipei, to protest against a controversial trade agreementwith China.
They carried signs reading "defenddemocracy, withdraw the trade deal".
President Ma Ying- jeou insists the dealwill bring economic benefits, but campaigners says it will make Taiwan too economically dependent on China.
The protesters expressed support forstudents who have occupied parliament for two weeks in protest at the deal.
The agreement will allow China and Taiwan to invest more freely ineach other's services markets.
The protesters say it will hurt smallbusinesses and job opportunities for local people, and should be scrapped.
They are also demanding that the governmentpass a law to monitor all future deals with Beijing.
In recent days, the president has madeseveral concessions, including supporting such a law and agreeing to a line-by-linereview of the deal in the legislature.
But he says the pact should not becancelled, because it will give Taiwanese companies greater access to theChinese market.
Business groups and others have voicedsupport for the deal. The governing Kuomintang party says it is determined toratify it.
The agreement, which was signed in June2013, has not yet been approved by MPs.
China formally regards Taiwanas a part of its territory, despite the island governing itself for sixdecades.
But Chinais Taiwan'sbiggest trading partner and in recent years ties between the two have improved.
They have signed several trade andinvestment agreements - but some fear greater economic integration with China could threaten Taiwan.
I attended thistoday. Absolutely insane. Easily the biggest protest I've ever seen in my life.Also the heat was insane
Oo ga booga
can any one give me a summary of why atrade deal is bad news?
The internet_ sux x
In addition to the fact that people feel itbenefits China more than Taiwan, any cooperation with Chinais controversial in Tai wan. After all, Chinatechnically still claims Taiwanas its territory, and a decent portion of the Taiwanese people view the Chinesegovernment as illegitimate.
Sky blue now
As a Hong Konger, please, please, pleasedon't sell your soul to Chinafor money. It's not worth it. They're meddling with every thing in Hong Kong. Politics, news and even television. We aren'tallowed to criticize mainland Chinaor speak against them. Those who have in the media have been fired or companieshave been blacklisted. Universal suffrage is out of the question as well now.Please, don't sell out. It's not worth it.
bottom_ of_ the_ well
W e l l Taiwan won't get the same deal H Kdid.
Roswell Space man
Nice to see so many people passionate aboutprotecting their independence.
Tai wan, don't trust China. After some years, it willgulp you and you will be a communist country.
Mmm Tasty Cakes Well my thoughts and prayers go out to allya'll o/Glad to see a protest that hasn't turnedviolent.
Heart breaker V I I
I really hope this situation gets morecoverage world wide.
It's quite interesting that there are manymainlanders think that this agreement is such a softball for Taiwan that it'llallow Taiwanese business to reap disproportionate reward in China while doesnot grant the same benefit for Taiwan.
bottom_ of_ the_ well
Y e a h, they don't get s chance to protest
I m gurian_ defector
more like no one gives a fuck because tai wanis so small.
J D U B
The treaty benefits not the people oneither side of the straight...
Warp drive on
It is well known on the mainland that thegovernment is using economical means to pull in Taiwan politically.
purple_ sage l
Mass protest held in Taiwan against China trade deal. Every one isprotesting. What the hell is going on in this world?
Growing wealth and power gaps. Dwindlingresources. Political manipulation of the poor and uneducated.
These u sperse
Food prices are rising, this was allpredicted.
Why not let the people of Taiwan determine the destiny?
The communism will cede to markets, and nationswill be meaningless.
Iv Ie mnoch
Can any one ELI5 why the Taiwanese peopleare mad about this? Isn't Chinaalready a major trading partner for Taiwan and isn't it mutuallybeneficial?
C S Master mind Tl; dr:
It is mutually beneficial butthey're afraid of intertwining their economy with China. They think that overtime China will"crowd out" the Taiwanese people and eventually take over. There'salso very legitimate concerns about how the trade deal was created. It wasnegotiated in secret and passed with out any one being able to read it.
Vi va la vida
True, but they don't really have a right tofeel that way. Taiwan is nothistorically part of China.It was only a province in the last dynasty. It was a Japanese colony for 50years. Aborigines and the Dutch were even there before Chinese settlement.
Aurao f Mana
It's more of an issue because Taiwan claims it self as China, and havedone so for so long
Awkward Hyper bola Economics aside, it's also just the way thepresident is handling this. Totally unresponsive and stubborn while callingthis democracy.
Se ren dipitously Sane
The current Taiwanese president is seen as(and probably is) a sell out who is trying to gift the island to Main land China.Taiwanese independence is a sensitive topic, and this is one of manylegislations and policies during his reign that has threatened it, hence theuproar.
Slave monkey lTaiwan is like the original 13 colonies and china is like the great British empire.
Matrix one for you
It will be very difficult for Tai wan tostop domination by the P R C.The Taiwanese people are right to beconcerned about main land Chinese investment in their country.If the P R C mainland becomes the dominanteconomic force in the country, then the P R C could start making demands, bothpolitical and economic, that the Taiwanese couldn't say no.Essentially, the P R C could black mail thecountry into accepting Communist Chinese control.This is the danger posed by continuedintegration between the two countries, especially given the relative size ofthe two.I wouldn't recommend cutting ties to themain land China, but Taiwan shouldbe very cautious on how much their economy relies on main land Chinese marketsand investment.
Elm Streets Lover Boy
I envy you people of Taiwan. You at least have brainsand the balls to attempt to make a difference in your government's policy. It'dbe a miracle if we actually did that in the U S.
Rit su kab b
As a mainlander, i think people in P R Cgenerally believe that Taiwanwill orbit around P R C sooner or later.
Ja ba rumba
This is not a trade deal between recognizedcountries. China does notrecognize Taiwanas an equal.China's goal is to simply buy Taiwan.
My friends in L A are a small number, butthey are doing what they can.Event today on Wilshire Blvd.https://m.facebook.com/events/224078941122085
Sg mcn kn kmrn
Go Taiwanese!! We always recognize youbeing Taiwanese not Chinese!!!!!!!
Karm another one
This has happened before. Some ones gettingannexed...
Love Of Profit
At least 100,000 people have taken to thestreets of Taiwan's capital Taipei, to protest against a controversial trade agreementwith China.Now that's a protest. I wish people in the U S knew how to protest like this.
D S L A M
Actually, they are saying now it is about500,000 people who attended.
E diche z
Can someone explain how China can make a trade agreementwith a country it doesn't recognize?
The only james
Not surprised to see these protests, Taiwan has a L OT of Taipei personalities.
East India Comp
Well done to the Taiwanese people forstanding up to communism. All over the world from Venezuelato Ukraine to Taiwan,the people are making a stand for freedom, liberty and democracy againstcommunist forces that threaten to take them away.
Shang haii think
it s already safe to say that with outChina, Tai wan would not be what it is today, even though its not officially apart of China, Tai wan is still very dependent on China economically
P a u lHey
Tai wan, here's a tip, be prepared to bestabbed in the back! Hitler did the same thing with Polandand Russiajust before he invaded.
I l m
Who is the organizer and inciter behindthese protests? Please don't tell me "the people", it's never thepeople. Did some opposition party get the short end of the deal?
H e y, at least they are protesting.
King ode mexico
Could some one tell me about three proteststhat made a difference?
Willy Wonkas Retarded
Taiwan has always been and will always be part of China!
Who care z. Taiwan is gon na be back to chinasooner or later. Why play hard to get? Taiwan bitches only delaying theinevitable.
Say it in my goodear
I can imagine the news in a week,"100,000 people gone missing without a trace in China".
What does a trade deal have to do withdemocracy or freedom? It s a trade deal