Taiwan president invites protesters to talk about China trade pact

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 25, 2014 2:41 AM

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.

"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.

Taiwan's parliament building has been surrounded and occupied by hundreds of protesters - mostly students - for the past week over the government's decision to sign a wide-ranging service trade deal with China.

(Reporting by Koh Gui Qing; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)