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China's top Taiwan official plays down violent protests during trip

Published on Jul 1, 2014 2:17 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Violent protests which forced China's top official in charge of relations with Taiwan to cancel several meetings while visiting last week do not represent mainstream opinion, said the official concerned, who was also confident about the future of ties.

The visit by Zhang Zhijun, director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, marked the first trip by such a senior mainland official in 65 years since the Nationalists fled to the island after losing a civil war to China's communists in 1949.

Zhang was greeted by hundreds of protesters while visiting the pro-independence southern part of the island and some of his events had to be cancelled.

"Of course, a minority of people have different opinions, and there were even some extreme actions which caused criticism in society and public opinion," he told state media in comments posted on the Taiwan Affairs Office website late on Monday.

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