Protesters fill Taipei streets as Prez Ma prepares to meet his Chinese counterpart
Nov 7, Taipei: Protestors crowded the streets of Taipei as the Taiwanese President Ma left for Singapore to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.
This is the first time in 66 years that leaders from both sides are meeting after the Chinese Civil War ended in 1949 and Taiwan broke away from China. The relationship between the two nations so far has been sour.
Soon after Ma left for Singapore, a group of protestors were arrested as they were in an attempt to set on fire the images of him and the Chinese premier. "As a president who doesn't represent public opinion, Ma doesn't have the right to meet with the leader across the strait," one of the protesters Chen, said.
Meanwhile, a small group supporting Mr Ma also turned up at Taipei's Songshan airport. According to them, relations have improved under Mr Ma since he took office in 2008, with better economic ties, improving tourism links, and a trade pact signed.
The Oslo Times