Protesters oppose a deal they say Taiwan signed in secret
with China. Photo by Craig Baxter.
A free trade deal that threatens Taiwanese jobs was
signed without democratic scrutiny, protest leader Jason Fan
Taiwan would be ''completely open to China'' under the
controversial Cross-Strait trade services agreement between
the countries, he said yesterday at a peaceful protest event
in the Octagon.
Attended by about 30 people, the protest was one of many
around the world yesterday.
The trade deal was signed without public scrutiny or
democratic process, he said. Mr Fan, who lives in Dunedin,
said the deal removed barriers and Taiwan could see a flood
of Chinese service-sector workers entering the country.
The concern over the lack of democratic process was similar
to that expressed in New Zealand about the controversial
Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, he said.