Mass protest held in Taiwan against China trade deal

At least 100,000 people have taken to the streets of Taiwan’s capital Taipei, to protest against a controversial trade agreement with China.

They carried signs reading “defend democracy, withdraw the trade deal”.

President Ma Ying-jeou insists the deal will bring economic benefits, but campaigners says it will make Taiwan too economically dependent on China.

The protesters expressed support for students who have occupied parliament for two weeks in protest at the deal.

The agreement will allow China and Taiwan to invest more freely in each other’s services markets.

The protesters say it will hurt small businesses and job opportunities for local people, and should be scrapped.

They are also demanding that the government pass a law to monitor all future deals with Beijing.

In recent days, the president has made several concessions, including supporting such a law and agreeing to a line-by-line review of the deal in the legislature.

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