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After former presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu was ousted from the Kaohsiung Mayoral Office in a recall election, contenders from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Taiwan People's Party (TPP) are seeking to replace him in a by-election held today.
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been officially signed in New Zealand today, while groups of protesters gathered outside the signing venue to voice their opposition. The agreement has been contentious for several years in New Zealand, mainly because of the secrecy of the deal, lack of public consultation and fears that New Zealand's sovereignty could be diminished.
Ma says it’s important for Taiwan to take similar actions to sign trade agreements, which is becoming a world economy trend, especially during these times when the function of WTO is weakening and many countries are signing bilateral trade agreements.