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China says Taiwan protests won't affect relations

Published on Apr 11, 2014 1:35 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) - Protests by students in Taiwan who occupied the island's Parliament in opposition to a trade pact with China will not affect the development of relations between Beijing and Taipei, state media quoted a top Chinese official as saying on Friday.

The three-week occupation of Parliament - which had been accompanied by mass street demonstrations - ended on Thursday, although the students have vowed to press on with the campaign against the trade deal.

It was the largest anti-Beijing protest in years on the island, where Nationalist forces fled in 1949 after losing to the Communists in a civil war.

Mr Zhang Zhijun, head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said some people in Taiwan feared that only large companies would benefit from the trade deal, the official China Daily said. He was speaking to former Taiwan vice-president Vincent Siew on the sidelines of a business forum in southern China's Hainan province.

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