TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Chinese envoy on a historic visit to Taiwan has canceled two events after protesters threw paint on his motorcade.

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun skipped visits to a fishing harbor and another village in southern Taiwan on Saturday, but kept the rest of his schedule despite the continuing protests.

Zhang’s visit marks the first time a ministerial-level Chinese official has come to the self-governing island since the end of the Chinese civil war 65 years ago. China considers Taiwan a part of its sovereign territory and has pledged to push for reunification.

Many on the island, however, oppose closer ties with the mainland, and protesters managed to splash paint on Zhang’s motorcade Friday night.

The minister escaped unharmed and is scheduled to return home Saturday night.