Image of Asia: Lawmakers scuffle in Taiwan

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Posted: Dec 12, 2014 8:45 AM
Image of Asia: Lawmakers scuffle in Taiwan

In this photo by Wally Santana, opposition lawmakers in Taiwan scuffle with ruling party legislators as they tried to block Premier Mao Chi-kuo from speaking on the floor of parliament. Opposition lawmakers are worried that President Ma Ying-jeou's proposed service trade agreement with China could undermine the island's autonomy. Taiwan split from the Chinese mainland amid civil war in 1949 and its government is regarded by Beijing as the illegitimate administration of a renegade province. Since 2008, Beijing has set aside its military threats to sign 21 deals with Taiwan, boosting two-way trade and bringing in about 3 million mainland tourists who were once all but banned. The service trade liberalization pact, however, has faced stiff opposition amid concerns that it would cost Taiwan tens of thousands of jobs and help China's efforts to bring the island under its control.