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Taiwan holds first Chinese music concert

Published on Dec 30, 2012 4:45 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Thousands of music fans packed a Taipei stadium to watch the island's first concert staged by Chinese singers and rock bands, reports said on Sunday, in the latest sign of warming cross-strait relations.

The concert organised by the Chinese Music Chart, dubbed China's Grammy Awards, saw some 60 bands and singers from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan perform before screaming fans on Saturday, but also drew dozens of anti-China protesters.

They chanted pro-independence slogans and waved anti-Beijing banners outside the stadium, television reports showed, but were unable to interrupt the concert which included performances by Chinese singer Han Geng and actress Zhang Ziyi.

Without the prior approval of Taiwanese authorities, organisers of the Chinese Music Chart unilaterally announced in November that an award ceremony would be held in Taipei for the first time after it was set up in 1993.

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