updated 8/10/2008 1:01:35 AM ET 2008-08-10T05:01:35

China has deported a pro-independence Taiwanese activist who wanted to cheer athletes from Taiwan at the Olympics.

Yang Hui-ju says Beijing immigration officials searched her bag and confiscated her valid visa.

Returning to Taipei on Saturday night, she was greeted by associates wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan, “Taiwan, My Country.”

Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949. China claims the island a part of its own territory. Taiwan competes at the Olympics under the name of “Chinese Taipei.”

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