[quote] China condemned an attack on one of its officials in Taiwan today after he was assaulted by an angry crowd, an unwelcome incident at a time when the two longtime adversaries are trying to ease decades of tension.
Taiwan television showed Zhang Mingqing, vice chairman of a mainland association handling cross-straits relations, lying on the ground beside his eyeglasses. Other footage had an elderly woman hitting his car window with her cane and a pro-independence activist with a green headband stomping on his car roof.
This followed a similar incident Monday when 200 demonstrators yelled, cursed and heckled Zhang as he took the podium at the Tainan National University of the Arts. Zhang was in Taiwan for an academic symposium ostensibly in a non-official capacity…
“I strongly condemn the violence,” P.K. Chiang, Taiwan’s top negotiator on cross-straits policy, told a news conference Tuesday. “We want people to be more rational when others come from mainland China.”
Beijing, however, was not soothed. The official New China News Agency condemned the incident, quoting a protest letter written by Zhang’s semiofficial group, the Assn. for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits. “We are astonished at this,” it said. And a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office called for “severe punishment” for those involved.
Opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen expressed her regret over Zhang’s harassment in an article in the Liberty Times today. But she added that China’s negotiators should think twice before coming to Taiwan for further talks since “you should consider their feelings when visiting a family.”[/quote]
He should have stayed north of Taizhong. South of Taizhong is 野蠻國家.
“Severe punishment for those involved”? What is Beijing going to do about it if they’re not punished?