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I want to know how many protesters showed up at the airport that day. It's like a joke. Just watch their performance for fun, it's a custom for Taiwanese to demonstrate attract media attention. They don't really understand whay they're protesting against, and what will happen if two sides continue further cooperation. What did they lose these years? A large number of mainland visitors flocked into the small island to have a trip, brought it decent travel income. Otherwise, who cares to go to Taiwan for a trip instead of visiting Chinese mainland. |
Shanghai mayor's visit sparks protests
South China Morning Post
Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng arrived in Taiwan yesterday amid protests by islanders fearful of the consequences of closer ties with the mainland, officials said.
A group of demonstrators at Taipei's Sungshan airport loudly protested against the Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement planned between the two sides.
"No ECFA!" the protesters shouted as police with shields prevented them from getting close to Han. Television footage showed at least one scuffling with the officers.
Han met Taipei counterpart Hau Lung-bin, signing agreements on cultural exchange, tourism, environmental protection and high-technology industrial parks. Han is in Taiwan for a four-day visit, mainly to promote the World Expo, which will begin in Shanghai on May 1.
To boost ties between the two cities, the Bank of Communication's Shanghai branch would launch exchange services of yuan and Taiwanese dollars before May 1, Han said.
Two demonstrators rolled out a 10-metre protest banner from the fifth floor of a hotel where officials were to sign agreements, local media said. Outside the hotel, an activist from the League of Chinese Victims, based in Hong Kong, protested against the forced relocation of some 300 households for the construction of the World Expo.