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ARATS chief concludes historic Taiwan visit
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The two organizations also discussed cooperation to cope with the international financial crisis.

On Thursday, Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou met with Chen and his delegation.

Wang said the visit was one of "exploration" "cooperation" and "peace", opening a new era in cross-Straits relations.

Polls in Taiwan showed that the majority of the Taiwan public were supportive of the talks.

Taiwan's China Times reported, 56 percent of people polled said they were glad that agreements were reached during Chen's visit and believed that the Taiwan Authorities should continue to promote cross-Straits exchanges. Fifty percent believed the agreements would have positive impacts on Taiwan's development.

The United Daily News reported, 52 percent of respondents believed the agreements would bring more benefit than harm and 42 percent believed the cross-Straits relations would be further eased.

The newspaper also said, 62 percent of people polled believed the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Taiwan's major opposition party, had crossed the line of democracy by leading its supporters to the street.

As protests became violent, protesters clashed with riot police. The United Daily News reported, 53 percent of respondents said the violence had seriously damaged the image of the DPP and its chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen.

The China Times also said, 54 percent of respondents believed that the DPP failed to be rational and thus should shoulder the main responsibility for the clashes.

(Xinhua News Agency November 7, 2008)

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