Taiwanprotesters pelt eggs over Chinaflight route
Taiwanesedemonstrators threw eggs and slippers to protest against China's launch of acontroversial new flight route on Sunday, accusing the government of failing tostand up to Beijing.
Thirty-oddmembers from the radical anti-China opposition party Taiwan Solidarity Union(TSU) attempted to push their way through a police line that guarded theentrance of a shrine where President Ma Ying-jeou was visiting.
Afterchanting slogans like "Ma Ying-jeou betraying, humiliating country"and a series of tussles with police, several of the demonstrators broke throughthe line but were blocked from going further.
"Peopleof Taiwan by no means acceptM503," a protest leader said, referring to the new route near the middleof the Taiwan Strait which separates the island from mainland China.
"Mais a coward. He dares not say 'No' to China."
No onewas injured or arrested in the clash.
M503 isone of four routes which would take planes over the Taiwan Strait from China's coastal provinceof Zhejiang and the cities of Fuzhou and Xiamen in Fujian province.
Beijing says they are necessary to ease congestion on an existingflightpath.
But Taiwan's authorities have slammed the unilateralmove and said it poses a potential air defence threat, prompting Chinato postpone the inauguration of M503 and move it slightly closer to themainland.
Theother three routes have been indefinitely postponed, according to Taiwan'sCivil Aeronautics Administration.
Thegovernment has said that negotiations with China over the routes will helpsafeguard the island's aviation security. It has also said that Chinese fighterjets would not use M503.
Robert2 days ago
30 peopledoes not reflect taiwan.These are uneducated barbarians taiwanese offsprings from during japanesecolonial rule. Japandid not allow taiwanese to be educated during their rule.
Michael2 days ago
Peopleshould be able to visit all the Chinese cities, which include Taipei,Taichung, and Tainan.
Art 2days ago
TheseTaiwanese are so paranoid. If they do not want to have anything to do with China, why don't they ask 2 million Taiwanesemigrant workers in Chinaback to Taiwan?
The fact is the living standard of China'scities is higher than Taiwan's.Taiwan's cities look likeones in Philippines, whichis why these migrant workers do not want to go back to Taiwan.
Michael2 days ago
Taiwan continues the long tradition of using traditional Chinesecharacters. The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin. The National PalaceMuseum in Taipei hosts the largest collection ofChinese artifacts in the world. The collection in the museum dates back to 7000years ago during the Middle Kingdom's neolithic age.
ChunYu 2 days ago
Anyonewould feel unsafe if a foreign enemy who constantly threats with bullyingtactics, the Taiwanese people is reacting correctly. china has got to have nofriends right now, angering every single country around it.