Pro-independence protesters in Taiwan pushed a mainland official to the ground on Tuesday, AP reported. The attack on Vice Chairman Zhang Mingqing of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait was shown on Taiwan television news broadcasts. It took place in the southern city of Tainan. About a dozen protesters surrounded Zhang, shouted anti-communist and pro-independence slogans, and knocked him down. Relations between Beijing and Taipei have been improving since Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou was elected seven months ago. He has promised to improve economic and political relations with Beijing. The president’s office issued a statement condemning the attack.