Chinese envoy ends Taiwan visit amid violent protests
China always had a very contentious relationship with its neighbour Taiwan. Even after Taiwan declared itself as a independent country in 1949 after China still claims control over its erstwhile territory. The United Nations, United States, and many other countries recognized Taiwan as being the rightful government of the Chinese people. However, Communist regime of mainland China stripped Taiwan from the seat in the United Nations. Today, Taiwan lacks international recognition or a seat in the United Nations and is considered by China to be a wayward province. Thus, the status of Taiwan has yet to be resolved.
Following years of hostility, relations between Taiwan and China appear to be rapidly improving and two warring rivals nations held the first formal talk few months back. The head of the Chinese association, Chen Yunlin paid a visit to Taipei amidst hevy protest by supporters of the opposition parties against his visit.
China's top envoy Chen Yunlin on Friday wrapped up a historic visit to Taiwan paving the way for closer cooperation between the traditional rivals but overshadowed by massive and sometimes violent protests.
Chen made history on Thursday when he met Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou and was the most senior Chinese official from Beijing to visit the island since it split from China at the end of a civil war in 1949.
But angry protests followed his five-day visit at every turn.
More than 60 police were injured in clashes in Taipei overnight, the National Police Agency said, while local media reports said more than 20 protestors and reporters were also hurt.
Some 2,200 riot police backed by water cannon were dispatched to Taipei's Grand Hotel where Chen was staying, while around 1,000 people staged rowdy and at times violent protests, police said.
Some threw eggs, rocks, bottled water and petrol bombs at police in an attempt to get past barbed wire barricades.
At a press conference shortly before his departure, Chen, his eyes red, appeared close to tears as he thanked Taiwanese security officials.