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Taiwanese protest historic meeting while Chinese support "friendly" ties

Saturday, November 07, 2015 - 01:30

Hundreds protest in Taiwan against a meeting between the island's President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping, while residents in Beijing hail the show of ''friendship''. Nathan Frandino reports.

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While Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's historic first meeting showed signs of cordiality, the reaction back in Taipei was anything but. Hundreds of pro-independence Taiwan protesters staged a sit-in outside the presidential office. They chanted slogans and carried anti-China posters, accusing Ma of failing to meet their aspirations. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 23-YEAR-OLD PROTESTER, LEE SHAO-WEN, SAYING: "The meeting was dominated by China. There was nothing about 'Taiwan and China, one country on each side' that we have hoped for and which is the goal of our march today. We didn't reach our goal at all." The talks between Ma and Xi were a first between leaders of the two political rivals since China's civil war ended in 1949. That's when China's Nationalists retreated to Taiwan after losing the war to the Communists. In Beijing, tones were much more positive as residents hailed the summit as a "friendly exchange." (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 40-YEAR-OLD INVESTMENT BANKER, LI CHENGUANG, SAYING: "This is a really good thing. Actually, people on both sides of the Strait have the same roots, and are one family. Speaking as an ordinary citizen, I hope the other side of the Strait can return to the arms of the motherland as early as possible." No agreements were expected from the meeting, which was seen as a highly symbolic get-together.

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Taiwanese protest historic meeting while Chinese support "friendly" ties

Saturday, November 07, 2015 - 01:30