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Chinese Envoy to Visit Taiwan Despite Attack on Official བོད་སྐད།


China says its top negotiator on Taiwan policy still plans to visit the island soon, despite an attack earlier this week on a visiting Chinese official by pro-independence activists.

Officials in both Taiwan and China have condemned the attack and say Chen Yunlin's trip is going ahead as planned.

Although no specific date has been given for the visit, media in Taiwan say it is expected to start November third.

Chen heads China's top government body on relations with Taiwan (the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits).

On Wednesday, his deputy, Zhang Mingqing, cut short a private visit to Taiwan after he was accosted by protesters and pushed to the ground.

Taiwan and China split at the end of a civil war in 1949, but relations have improved somewhat in recent years.

China claims that self-ruled Taiwan is part of its own territory, that could be retaken by force if necessary.

Since his election in March, Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou has tried to improve ties between the two by focusing on enhancing trade and exchanges and avoiding the tougher political issue of sovereignty.

During a round of talks in June, the two sides agreed to open regular direct weekend charter flights for the first time in decades. They also agreed to allow more Chinese tourists to visit the island.

In the upcoming talks, the two are expected to discuss expanding transportation and cargo links.

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