Drawing the News: Sunflowers and State Funerals

A roundup of online political cartoons from the past week. Click any image to launch the slideshow view.

On March 18, activists and students stormed the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan’s parliament, barricading themselves inside to protest a trade pact with mainland China. Protesters accused President Ma Ying-jeou and his ruling Kuomintang Party (KMT) of “strong-arming” the controversial trade agreement into action, ignoring agreed upon public hearings and a clause-by-clause review by Taiwan’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

The Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA) is a follow up to the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), signed in 2010 (also amid large-scale protests) and seen as the most significant cross-strait agreement ever. With many in Taiwan already nervous about Beijing’s increasing influence on the self-governed island, opponents of the CSSTA are concerned that the agreement would allow mainland companies to seize control of Taiwan’s service industries, even though the bilateral agreement opens more mainland sectors up to Taiwanese investment.

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