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Taiwan DPP leaders plan fresh protests against China

Taiwan DPP leaders plan fresh protests against China

Taiwan opposition leaders yesterday planned a fresh wave of street protests to coincide with a visit next week by China's top negotiator Chen Yunlin as 7,000 police officers prepared to stand guard.
Chen Yunlin, Beijing's top negotiator on Taiwan affairs, is expected to lead a 60-person delegation to the island for his first time from Nov. 3 to 7 to discuss new direct flights, food safety, and other issues Taiwan officials told Reuterszzz.
Last week, demonstrators in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan pushed to the ground a visiting Chinese official who had travelled there for an academic conference, outraging Beijing.
Demonstrators organized by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, which wants Taiwan to seek formal independence from China and opposes Ma's friendly approach towards Beijing, are planning street action to protest against Chen's visit.
No political conditions
"They can't sign any kind of political agreement," party spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) said.
"If they sign any economic agreements, they must not add any political conditions."
About half a million demonstrators flooded Taipei on Saturday, calling on Ma to resign and China to back off.


Updated : 2021-05-13 08:25 GMT+08:00