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China's ARATS vice chairman attacked by protesters in Taiwan

China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Vice Chairman Zhang Mingqing visited The Oldest Golden City in Tainan City on Oct 21. Zhang...

China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Vice Chairman Zhang Mingqing visited The Oldest Golden City in Tainan City on Oct 21. Zhang...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Vice Chairman and former Spokesman for the Office of Taiwan Affairs Zhang Mingqing (張銘清) visited historic monuments in Tainan, he was attacked by protesters and fell to the ground, his glasses flying off. When he returned to his car, protesters still chased him and jumped on his car.

After running into students' protest during his speech at the Tainan National University of the Arts yesterday, Zhang met protesters again on Oct 21 when he visited the Confucius Temple in Tainan. Protesters led by a pan-green councilor clashed with Zhang's party, pushing Zhang to the ground and hitting off his glasses.

Zhang had originally cancelled all public activities after yesterday's protest. However, when he visited the Confucius Temple accompanied by a tour guide this morning, he met protesters upon leaving even though he tried to keep a low profile. He has yet to comment on the incident.

In the Legislative Yuan, Mainland Affairs Council Chairwoman Lai Hsing-yuan (賴幸媛) said that the incident was regrettable. Premier Liu Chao-hsiuan (劉兆玄) condemned the violence and said that the upcoming talks between the Straits Exchange Foundation President Jiang Pin-kun (江丙坤) and the ARATS Chairman Chen Yun-lin (陳雲林) would be held as scheduled. The security for Chen Yun-lin would especially be enhanced.

KMT Culture and Communications Committee Chairman Lee Jian-rong (李建榮) condemned the violence as having impaired the image of the Taiwanese people. He said that the Democratic Progressive Party had resented being labeled as a "party of violence", but previous and recent incidents had only reinforced society's negative image of the DPP. The extreme and irrational behavior did not symbolize mainstream Taiwan, he said, and called on DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to publicly apologize to Zhang and society.

by Taiwan News, Website Editorial Staff


Updated : 2021-09-26 15:41 GMT+08:00