China’s top negotiator for Taiwan, Chen Yunlin (陈云林) sure has a tough job. Not only does he have to meet rabid anti-China activists on his trip to the island each time, he also gets thrown lots of not-so-nice stuff, like eggs.
Chen has just arrived in Taiwan for a six-day visit with a delegation of businessmen from 20 mainland Chinese companies hoping to sweeten the ground. As they arrived in Kaohsiung, the power base of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, Chen and his convoy were pelted with eggs and flowers as they shouted slogans supporting Taiwanese independence. Fortunately for Chen and his posse, none of the eggs hit them.
Activists supporting the mainland’s “Jasmine Revolution” appeal have been finding it close to impossible to find jasmine flowers because they are not currently in season. As a substitute, they have taken to throwing chrysanthemum flowers, fake jasmines, and jasmine tea, at Chen Yunlin instead.
Video reports from Taiwan and Hong Kong news outlets after the jump:
ChinaTimes: Chen Yunlin almost fist-punched at the high-speed railway station while enroute to Kaohsiung
ChinaTimes: Activists use jasmine tea as a substitute for jasmine flowers to protest Chen Yunlin
AppleDaily: Taiwanese welcome Chen Yunlin with jasmine flowers
Did Chen Yunlin himself predict his encounter with eggs? In 2008, in one of his first speeches made in Taiwan, Chen mistakenly pronounced Taoyuan Airport (桃园机场) as Taoyuan Eggs (桃园鸡蛋) in an embarrassing gaffe.