Taiwan’s president asks protesters to talk over trade deal


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Taiwan's president invites protest leaders to discuss end to political crisis

Protesters have not yet accepted Ma's invitation

Students have been occupying Taiwan's legislative building since March 18

Movement opposes Chinese trade pact; wants more transparency in cross-strait deals

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CNN —  

A week after students seized Taiwan’s legislative building over a controversial trade deal with China, Taiwan’s president Ma Ying-jeou agreed to meet with protest leaders to help end the standoff and allow the legislature to get back on track, a spokesperson for the president’s office said.

Ma is willing to invite representatives of the movement to his office “without any preconditions,” Li Jia-fei, a spokesperson for the president’s office said Tuesday in a