Tai­wan beefs up se­cu­rity for China en­voy

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

TAIPEI: Tai­wan on Sun­day stepped up se­cu­rity for a top negotiator from the Chi­nese main­land af­ter pro-in­de­pen­dence groups threat­ened to fol­low him "ev­ery step of the way" dur­ing his visit to the is­land this week.

Chen Yun­lin, the head of Bei­jing's As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­la­tions Across the Tai­wan Strait, is due to ar­rive Mon­day and of­fi­cials want to avoid a rep­e­ti­tion of his pre­vi­ous visit, when pro­test­ers pre­vented him leav­ing his ho­tel.

"The Taipei city po­lice au­thor­i­ties have set up a con­tin­gency com­mand for the task" of pro­tect­ing Chen, a po­lice of­fi­cer told AFP on con­di­tion of anonymity, de­clin­ing to pro­vide de­tails of the de­ploy­ment.

Dozens of po­lice­men were seen stand­ing guard and in­creas­ing pa­trols in and around Taipei's Grand Ho­tel, where Chen will be stay­ing un­til Wed­nes­day.

Po­lice have also de­ployed barbed wire coils that can be un­rav­elled swiftly around the ho­tel, to pro­vide a se­cu­rity cor­don.

Lo­cal me­dia have re­ported that po­lice plan to mo­bilise up to 2,000 of­fi­cers for Chen's visit, spark­ing strong crit­i­cism from the op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP).

"Tight­en­ing se­cu­rity for Chen... is sim­ply aimed to please China and Chen," DPP spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang said.

In late 2008 chaotic street demon­stra­tions con­fined Chen to his ho­tel for much of his visit, em­bar­rass­ing Taipei at a time when it was work­ing to­wards im­prov­ing ties with Bei­jing.

Rad­i­cal in­de­pen­dence groups, op­posed to Bei­jing's in­sis­tence that Tai­wan forms part of its ter­ri­tory, have pledged to fol­low Chen "ev­ery step of the way," and have al­ready shown their anger in a se­ries of protests.

Chen is sched­uled to meet Chi­ang Pin-kung on Tues­day. Each rep­re­sents an or­gan­i­sa­tion in charge of civil ex­changes be­tween Bei­jing and Taipei in the ab­sence of of­fi­cial con­tact.

The talks will fo­cus on epi­demic-con­trol mea­sures and joint re­search and devel­op­ment of medicines, herbal medicines and emer­gency treat­ment, with Chen ex­pected to re­turn to the main­land on Wed­nes­day. -Afp

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