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Taiwan students occupy legislature over China trade deal

Published on Mar 19, 2014 11:00 AM
Students and protesters hold banners and chairs inside Taiwan's legislature in Taipei on March 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI (REUTERS) - About 200 Taiwan students opposed to a trade pact with China which they fear gives the mainland too much economic influence have occupied Taiwan's legislature, media reported on Wednesday.

The protesters burst into the legislative chamber late on Tuesday and repulsed police efforts to evict them, media said.

The occupation comes after the ruling Nationalist Party said this week an initial review of the pact had been completed despite opposition party concern about the mainland's growing influence on the Taiwanese economy.

China and Taiwan have been ruled separately since Nationalist forces, defeated by the Communists, fled to the island at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.

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