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Taiwan's Ma says ready to meet protesters over China trade pact

Published on Mar 25, 2014 3:33 PM
 
This picture taken on March 23, 2014, shows demonstrators gathering outside the Executive Yuan building in Taipei, 2014, following Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's refusal to scrap a contentious trade agreement with China. Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has invited the leaders of a student protest movement to his office in a bid to resolve an impasse about a controversial trade pact with mainland China. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (REUTERS) - Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has invited the leaders of a student protest movement to his office in a bid to resolve an impasse about a controversial trade pact with mainland China.

Taiwan's parliament building has been occupied by hundreds of protesters for the past week over the government's decision to agree to a deal that would open 80 of China's service sectors to Taiwan, and 64 Taiwanese sectors to China.

"Without setting any preconditions, President Ma Ying-jeou is willing to invite student representatives to the presidential office for a dialogue about the cross-strait services trade agreement," Lee Jia-fei, Ma's spokesperson, said in a statement.

Ma has said the trade agreement is necessary for Taiwan's economic future, but opponents say the deal could hurt small Taiwanese companies.

 
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