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February 21, 2012
Beijing mayor visits Taiwan amid protests
Taipei (AFP) Feb 16, 2012
Beijing's mayor arrived in Taiwan Thursday, officials said, amid protests from dozens of anti-China activists who labelled him a "human rights villain". Guo Jinlong, who is the highest ranking Chinese official to visit the island since the re-election of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou last month, was flanked by about 200 policemen after he arrived at Taoyuan airport. But the tight security cordon did not dissuade the Tibetan and Falungong protesters who shouted anti-China slogans and unveiled ... read more

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