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.

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