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• Chen Yunlin, the mainland's top Cross-Strait negotiator signed four agreements with his counterpart(与 对方相当的人) Chiang Ping-kung in Taipei during the first high-level negotiations between the two sides to take place in Taiwan. Mr. Chen and Mr. Chiang, who represent quasi- governmental bodies responsible for Cross-Strait exchanges, agreed to triple （增三倍） the number of direct charter flights（包机） from 36 a week to 108, and to expand service to 16 more cities in China. • They also agreed to open up further air and sea cargo（货物） routes, deepen postal links and co-operate on food safety issues. • “After 30 years of waiting, for people on both sides of the Strait, the prospect（前途） of direct flights and direct mail will now become reality,” Mr. Chen said. Chinese visitor stumbles （ 绊脚）on Taiwan protocol（礼仪） Made by Chino • For weeks, media in Taiwan had speculated（推测） on the tricky （复杂的）protocol that would be involved Chen Yunlin, the most senior Chinese official to visit the island since the 1949 communist revolution, meet its president, Ma Ying-jeou. After Beijing‘s decades of effort trying to suppress（压制） any notion （意图） that Taiwan is a country rather than a wayward（任性的，刚愎自用的） province, greeting him as “Mr. President” was almost unthinkable. A simple “mister”, however, would be nearly as taboo, given Chinese notions of hierarchical（分等级的） propriety.（礼 貌，礼仪） • Mr. Ma hastily called a press conference on the morning of Nov. 6 to say he would meet Mr. Chen as Taiwan's president. • The appointed hour arrived with Mr. Ma addressing a group of assembled officials. • As he finished, Mr. Chen approached to hand over a scroll( 卷状的)painting that made reference to the president‘s surname, which is written in Chinese with the pictogram （图画文字） for “horse”. • “This is by a world famous painter of horses who has received many international awards. I give this painting to. . . give this painting to . . . ” Mr. Chen stammered（结巴）, until settling with a simple “you” to refer to Mr. Ma. Ma Ying-jeou in return handed Beijing‘s envoy a ceramic （陶瓷的）vase depicting orchids （兰花）before both sat down together for a group photo. The whole meeting was over in less than 10 minutes. • Mr. Chen's historic visit, which has included the signing of four agreements that greatly expand trade and travel links between the two sides, has been greeted with mass protests. Tens of thousands of protesters surrounded the presidential palace and scuffled（扭打） with police to express their opposition to Mr. Chen's visit. • Many Taiwanese remain deeply hostile to Beijing and the idea of any reunification with mainland China. Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, accused Mr. Ma of being more willing to reach out to China than to Taiwanese people across the political divide. “If Mr. Ma cannot even defend his own title(头衔) ，what can he defend for us?” she asked. • In a hastily convened（召开的） press conference before his meeting with Mr. Chen, Mr. Ma said the agreements were signed between equal partners and would yield （屈服）mutually beneficial results. （互惠互利） Thank you!
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