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China official wraps up landmark four-day Taiwan visit

Published on Jun 28, 2014 7:01 PM
 
Zhang Zhijun (left), director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, shakes hand with Kaohsiung City mayor Chen Chu of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan on June 27, 2014. China's top official in charge of Taiwan affairs on Saturday, June 28, 2014, wrapped up a landmark four-day visit to the island which sparked angry protests, forcing him to scrap some engagements. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI (AFP) - China's top official in charge of Taiwan affairs on Saturday wrapped up a landmark four-day visit to the island which sparked angry protests, forcing him to scrap some engagements.

The visit by Zhang Zhijun, the most senior Chinese official ever to visit Taiwan, was a further sign of warming ties between the former bitter rivals despite vocal opposition from Taiwanese suspicious of closer ties with Beijing.

But protests forced Zhang to cancel a visit to a fishing port in southern Kaohsiung city earlier Saturday following clashes between protesters and the police.

One protester splashed a bottle of white paint on his car late Friday.

 
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