TAIPEI, Taiwan (TheStreet) -- The first-ever visit by a ranking Beijing official to Taiwan, a democratic island that his government wants as its own someday, was supposed to move the two sides toward China's unification goal.
But when the minister of China's Taiwan Affairs Office traveled last week to the place he's in charge of, he made few strong statements, listening more than he talked. He kept clear of protesters until Friday night when one group splashed paint on his bodyguards.
"Seeing the spray of paint at the Zhang group, I think I underestimated the violence by individuals," says Leonard Chu, China a studies professor retired from National Chengchi University in Taipei.
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