I said downpage that I wasn't sure the students occupying the Taiwanese legislature could get the numbers on the street to support their action. Looks like they can:
More than 100,000 Taiwanese marched in Taipei to protest a trade deal with China, challenging President Ma Ying-jeou’s plan to improve economic relations between the political rivals.
The 100,000 is the police figure. If we split the difference between that and the organisers' figure we get maybe a quarter of a million, which is a) genuinely impressive and b) makes it specifically the mosty successful Occupy type movement we've seen yet. They may not have got what they want, yet, but they've got a fair proportion of the population mobilized behind getting it.
One question is what China would do if the Occupiers succeeded in their demand to derail the services treaty between China and Taiwan.
Hu Jintao's policy was basically strategic patience. He reined in the PLA with a committment that China would invade if Taiwan actually declared independence ( the previous policy was that China would invade at any time it felt like doing so), waited out the DPP administration and then let Ma and the KMT move towards China at their own pace and in negotiation with the Taiwanese electorate. Indeed it offered certain inducements to make that easier. The agreement under dispute, for instance, opens up more of the mainland economy to Taiwanese business than vice versa and the difference can be seen as a kind of downpayment on the support of the local business classes for gradual economic merger.
Now that this policy may have reached at least a temporary high water mark, we'll have to see if Xi's more diplomatically aggressive regime decides to take a different tack. This would probably be ill-advised, given that Beijing's main medium term goal in Taiwan has to be the re-election of the KMT under a different but presumably just as friendly president in 2016.