Taiwan’s discontent runs deeper than cross-strait trade pact
This semester, Reggie Wang, a senior at Soochow University in Taipei, has been studying Taiwan’s fast-thawing relations with the island’s old foe, the mainland.
Outside of class, the 23-year-old was watching for any backroom deals between Taipei and Beijing. He was one of several thousand students drawn to a nearly month-long protest this spring at Taiwan’s parliament.
“The demonstrators obviously have little regard for the Ma administration, and this was as much a manifestation of that as anything related to the service-trade agreement,” said Alan Romberg of the Stimson Centre, a Washington think tank.
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