China of­fer of visa-free treat­ment needs fur­ther as­sess­ment: MAC

The China Post - - LOCAL -

China’s of­fer of visa-free treat­ment for Tai­wanese trav­el­ers is not yet clear and more time is needed to as­sess the mat­ter, Tai­wan’s top China pol­icy char­ter said Wed­nes­day.

Hsia Li-yan ( ), min­is­ter of the Main­land Af­fairs Coun­cil (MAC), was re­spond­ing to a re­cent of­fer by China when he at­tended an in­ter­na­tional fo­rum in Taipei on the chal­lenges fac­ing China.

Yu Zhengsheng (

), chair- man of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence, China’s top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body, an­nounced June 14 a plan to ex­empt Tai­wanese peo­ple from the need for travel per­mits when they want to visit China, to stream­line the ex­ist­ing re­quired travel pro­ce­dures.

Fur­ther­more, the form of the ex­ist­ing Main­land Travel Per­mit for Tai­wan res­i­dents, com­monly re­ferred to as the Tai­wan Com­pa­triot Per­mit ( ), will also be changed from a book­let to a card “at an ap­pro­pri­ate time,” Yu re­port­edly said.

Hsia said visa-free treat­ment will give con­ve­nience to Tai­wanese stu­dents study­ing in China or busi­ness­men do­ing busi­ness there, but added that the MAC will have to learn more about the card be­fore it is of­fered to Tai­wanese trav­el­ers.

As Hong Kong and Ma­cau res­i­dents also use cards to travel in and out of China, some have ques­tioned if it is an at­tempt to turn Tai­wanese into “Chi­nese cit­i­zens.”

Hsia said the MAC will have to see if the card is sim­ply a re­place­ment for the present travel per­mit book­let or whether it has other func­tions or in­ten­tions.

On Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu’s ( ) ad­vo­cacy of sign­ing a cross-strait peace agree­ment with China dur­ing her pres­i­den­tial cam­paign pre­sen­ta­tion, Hsia said only that he will re­spect the views of all the pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates.

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