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Students end 24-day siege of Taiwan’s Parliament

Protesters gathered outside the Parliament building in Taiwan after ending their lengthy occupation. The protesters at first had demanded that a trade deal be withdrawn.
Protesters gathered outside the Parliament building in Taiwan after ending their lengthy occupation. The protesters at first had demanded that a trade deal be withdrawn.Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images

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TAIPEI — Students ended their unprecedented 24-day occupation of Taiwan’s Parliament late Thursday after receiving assurances that a Chinese trade pact they see as imperiling the island’s autonomy would undergo legislative review.

The pact would allow Chinese and Taiwanese service companies, including banking, telecommunications, and tourism firms, to operate in each other’s territory. Opponents who fear it could cost Taiwan jobs or even its democracy also criticized the ruling party’s attempt to push the pact through without a detailed review.

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