Air­port protest against top Chi­nese of­fi­cial’s visit

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TAI­WANESE shout­ing anti-com­mu­nist slo­gans staged an air­port protest yes­ter­day against a visit by a top Shang­hai of­fi­cial which they see as in­tended to pro­mote China’s uni­fi­ca­tion with Tai­wan.

Sha Hailin, a stand­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Com­mu­nist Party in the city and head of the United Front Work De­part­ment there, is the high­est-level main­lan­der to visit since cross-strait ties wors­ened un­der Tai­wan’s new gov­ern­ment.

He ar­rived in Taipei for an an­nual fo­rum on mu­nic­i­pal ex­changes as pro­test­ers shouted “Sha, go back to China!” at Song­shan air­port in Taipei.

Dozens of demon­stra­tors waved plac­ards read­ing “Ex­pel pro­pa­ganda com­mu­nist, de­fend Tai­wan’s sovereignty” and “[Taipei mayor] Ko Wenje sells out Tai­wan”.

While most demon­stra­tors were cor­doned off, one man hold­ing a poster got into the air­port ar­rivals hall and shouted “Sha Hailin, get out!” as Mr Sha walked by. The pro­tester scuf­fled briefly with po­lice be­fore be­ing taken away.

Mr Sha heads the vis­it­ing delegation in place of Shang­hai Mayor Yang Xiong.

Re­la­tions with China have grown in­creas­ing frosty since Tsai Ing-wen of the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party won the pres­i­dency in Jan­uary. Bei­jing is highly sus­pi­cious of Ms Tsai be­cause of her party’s tra­di­tion­ally pro-in­de­pen­dence stance. –

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