Visa-free move positive for ties: Cabinet
The Cabinet believes the visafree privilege for Taiwanese travelers to China is a “positive action for cross-strait relations,” Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun ( ) said at the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday.
The Cabinet’s remarks were in response of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Chairman Yu Zhengsheng’s ( ) announcement on Sunday of adopting a visa-free license for Taiwanese traveling to mainland China, which is set to begin on July 1.
Taiwanese need only to use an IC card version of the former “Taiwan compatriot travel document” ( ), a permit issued by the Chinese authorities allowing Taiwanese to travel to China, in order to freely pass into the mainland, Sun had reiterated.
In other news, through Sun’s statement, Premier Mao Chi-kuo ( ) also instructed that the government should “create the conditions to forge a trend,” after listening in on the “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Policies Promotion Results” report.
Mao applauded the team’s efforts, further explaining the desirable results of the policy promotion borne from successfully passing related drafts regarding the thirdparty payment, such as the Payment Processing Institutions Act ( ) in the Legislative Yuan. Other relaxed regulations include the Act Governing Issuance of Electronic Stored Value Cards (
), amendments to the Company Act on “closely held companies,” ( ) and the “Limited Partnership Act” (
On the other hand, Mao also announced the establishment of the “entrepreneur visa,” which will be open for applications this July.
The Taiwan Innovative Entrepreneurship Center (
) will also officially launch on June 19 in Silicon Valley, incorporating the “Taiwan Silicon Valley Fund” ( ) and the “Taiwan Rapid Innovation Prototyping League for Entrepreneurs” (
), Mao announced. Mao pointed out that the new institutions and other policies are set to help blooming Taiwanese entrepreneurs on an international
level in Silicon Valley.
‘Religious Group Bill’ Draft
The Cabinet also greenlighted the draft proposal of the “Religious Group Bill” ( ), which governs organizations of religious groups in Taiwan.
The draft, proposed by the Ministry of the Interior (MOI), qualifies religious facilities and groups in Taiwan to register as religious juristic persons for tax benefits, such as exemptions on land and housing taxes, as well as conditional farmland applications within five years of the bill’s enactment.
Religious groups that do not wish or cannot meet the requirements of transferring into a religious juristic persons can apply for monastery or Buddhist temple certificates so as to protect their rights.
As for the conditional farmland applications, religious groups must apply to transfer their farmlands into religious juristic persons’ ownership within five years of the Religious Group Bill’s enactment. The farmlands must be arable, engaged in agricultural activity for more than five years, and within a reasonable distance of the religious institution.