Thursday, September 18, 2014   

Taipei lawmakers trade blows over business
(03-12 18:50)

Taiwan's parliament descended into chaos amid a punch-up between lawmakers over a trade agreement with China.
Live TV images of the fighting showed one legislator being pushed to the ground while others grabbed each other by the collar.
The violence stemmed from a deal between China and Taiwan signed in June, aimed at further opening trade in services.
China has emerged as the island's leading trade partner.
But members of Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and the smaller but more radical Taiwan Solidarity Union, have pledged to stop the latest trade pact from being ratified. They claim it will hurt small service companies and damage the Taiwanese economy.
The brawl broke out after opposition lawmakers stayed overnight at the parliament, a filibustering technique used by Taiwanese politicians.
Under the trade pact, China will open 80 of its service sectors to Taiwanese companies, while Taiwan will in turn allow Chinese investment in 64 sectors.—AFP

   
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