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Taiwan Cabinet to Pass China Oversight Bill After Protest

Taiwan’s cabinet said it will approve a bill to monitor agreements with China as soon as Thursday after more than 100,000 people rallied March 30 against a trade deal that has sparked violent protests.

A bill proposed by the Mainland Affairs Council will be passed at an April 3 meeting at the earliest before being submitted to the legislature, the cabinet said in a statement yesterday. President Ma Ying-jeou last week promised support for the mechanism, while refusing to yield to the protesters’ demand that he withdraw the trade pact with China that would open Taiwan’s services industries to Chinese competition.