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Jiang-protester talks fail before they start

ABORTED:Protesters clapped the premier away after he declined to meet their conditions for dialogue: Withdraw the pact and enact laws for monitoring cross-strait deals

By Loa Iok-sin and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporters

Jiang added that his visit to the site of the protest had been approved by Ma in advance and said he regretted that the students had not given him a chance to discuss with them what he said were their “misunderstandings” of the service trade pact based on “misleading information and rumors” just because he had not agreed to the preconditions.

“There should be no premise or preconditions for talks so we can have some space for rational communication,” Jiang said.

The premier again dismissed concerns over the potential negative impacts the trade pact would have on the nation and the lack of consultations with concerned parties before it was signed.

The movement against the trade pact was attributed to opponents’ “anti-China mindsets” that made them “oppose everything related to China,” Jiang added.

“It’s not because there was anything wrong with the agreement itself or the negotiations [with China], but because of the ‘anti-China mindset,’” Jiang said, adding that this stance would render “Taiwan incapable of reaching out to the world,” as well as “cause huge damage to the country’s future.”

He called on the students to disoccupy the legislative chamber as quickly as possible since it is a “sacred and solemn” place, the law-making supremacy of which has been established by the efforts of the countless people who fought for Taiwan’s democratization.

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